Province-wide campaign yields unwanted weapons and ammunition

(ORILLIA, ON) - Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and its municipal law enforcement partners have received and rendered safe hundreds of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition during a month-long Gun Amnesty.

During April 2018, the OPP:

·      received 592 gun amnesty calls for service, 86 of which (or 14.5 per cent) were received through the online reporting option on the OPP website;

·      recovered 689 items through appointments made with OPP officers including 267 rifles, 156 shotguns, 113 prohibited firearms, and 62 other guns such as replica and vintage weapons; and,

·      collected 12,615 pieces of ammunition.

All Ontario police services participated in the month-long initiative. During that time, a total of 1,503 guns were voluntarily surrendered in non-OPP jurisdictions.

A majority of firearms that have been surrendered to police will be destroyed, but a number of guns will be retained for historical, educational or training purposes. Although the gun amnesty has officially ended, police will continue to accept submissions from the public. Interested gun owners may call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their local police service's non-emergency lines to arrange for officers to attend and safely retrieve the weapons.

Police continue to encourage members of the public to turn in unwanted weapons despite the conclusion of this initiative. Police retain the ability to exercise discretion (amnesty) regarding weapons related charges at all times, not just during this month long event. The public is reminded that no one should ever deliver guns, ammunition or military ordinance directly to police facilities.

For more information on the Canadian Firearms Program visit the RCMP's national website at There you will find some general safety information, as well as information on Inherited Firearms.

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"I'm so proud of the collaboration demonstrated by members of the OPP and all of our municipal partners during the gun amnesty. The results clearly show the public was engaged and supported our combined efforts to reduce the number of firearms, accessories and ammunition in their communities, which then enhances public and police officer safety."

-- OPP Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) HAWKES

Media Contacts by OPP Region:

Highway Safety Division:  Sgt. Kerry Schmidt         Ph: (416) 460-4701

Central Region:                  Sgt. Peter Leon            Ph: (705) 330-3713

East Region:                       A/Sgt. Tina Hunt          Ph: (613) 296-4516

North West Region:           PC Petrina Taylor-Hertz  Ph: (807) 220-6118

North East Region:            Sgt. Carlo Berardi         Ph: (705) 845-2738

West Region:                      A/Sgt. Kevin Martin               Ph: (519) 396-3341

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