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Firearms Amnesty - June 1st to 30th, 2013

During the month of June police departments throughout British Columbia will collect unwanted and unauthorized guns from the public during a firearms amnesty.

This program, announced at a meeting of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police, will help remove firearms from the community, reducing the risk of them falling into the hands of criminals. It is also expected to generate tips on illegal firearms and promote goodwill between police and local communities.

For the entire month of June, people who want to surrender ammunition or weapons, including imitations and replicas, can contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 and provide basic information on the items they want to surrender. Police will visit residences to pick up the firearms. The public should not bring the guns or ammunition to the police themselves. The amnesty will not apply to weapons or firearms used for a criminal purpose.

Similar programs in 1997, 1998 and 2006 successfully removed thousands of guns from B.C. streets. During the four-week, province wide gun amnesty in 2006, British Columbians turned over 3,213 guns including 505 handguns, and 725 other unwanted weapons to police departments, as well as 96,500 rounds of ammunition, a rocket launcher and a machine gun.

This year's initiative is endorsed by the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police and will be led by RCMP E-Division on behalf of the provincial RCMP, and supported by all the municipal police departments in British Columbia.