Police across B.C. are collecting firearms during the annual Gun Amnesty.
The program is designed to get unwanted guns out of B.C. homes, making them safer for everyone and reducing the chance they will fall into the wrong hands due to theft.
“Unwanted weapons consistently represent a potential hazard,” says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet. “Too often we have seen the devastating consequences of firearms not properly stored or falling into the wrong hands.”
The program will run from throughout the month of June, when residents of Delta and Surrey will be able to safely dispose of unwanted weapons and ammunition that have not been used in a criminal offence.
They will not face weapons-related Criminal Code charges as a result.
Anyone who possesses guns, ammunition and weapons, even imitation and pellet weapons, along with pepper spray and knives, are being asked to phone local police on the non-emergency line (Delta Police are at 604-946-4411 and the Surrey RCMP are at 604-599-0502).
Then, uniformed police officers will attend the caller’s residence to retrieve the weapons.
Do not bring the firearm to the door, and don’t attempt to bring it to the police station.
What should you tell the operator when you call?
• Describe the items as best you can. Many firearms are marked with the make, model, serial
number and caliber.
• Be clear about any ammunition that you may have, especially if anything could be considered explosive.
For further information on the B.C. Gun Amnesty visit www.bcgunamnesty.ca