October amnesty for gun owners

Police across B.C. are offering amnesty in October for gun owners looking to get rid of weapons — even if they are illegal

Photo shows some of the weapons turned in to Kamloops RCMP during the 2013 gun amnesty.

Tim Petruk – Kamloops This Week

Police across B.C. are offering amnesty in October for gun owners looking to get rid of weapons — even if they are illegal.

“It’s a safe way for the public to dispose of weapons,” Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said.

“It just provides an opportunity to reduce the number of firearms in our community. People who have weapons or imitation weapons or ammunition they no longer want, whether legally or not, they can call us and we’ll come bring it in.”

Shelkie said police are accepting any firearms, ammunition or explosives — no questions asked.

In two previous amnesties, one in 2006 and another in 2013, police received a number of items that could have otherwise resulted in criminal charges — two machine guns, a rocket launcher, a missile and 200 handguns.

Mike Morris, B.C.’s minister of public safety, said the amnesty period is intended to not only take guns off the streets, but also make it more difficult for weapons and ammunition to fall into the wrong hands.

“We know that firearms, weapons and ammunition are often stolen during break-ins,” he said.

“For those wondering how to safely dispose of their unwanted firearms, like that rifle they inherited that is now collecting dust in the basement, this month-long amnesty is the perfect opportunity to keep a potentially deadly weapon or firearm from landing in the wrong hands.”

According to Shelkie, the majority of weapons turned over during amnesty are destroyed. Some, she said, are kept for educational and training purposes.

Shelkie asked anyone looking to turn in a weapon to call the Kamloops RCMP’s non-emergency line at 250-828-3068 to arrange to have a Mountie pick it up.

Weapons are not to be dropped off at the detachment.


The amnesty period began on Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 31.



Just Posted

Legion decommissions Clearwater’s cenotaph

Demolition began Tuesday morning after ceremony on Monday evening

Group holds fundraiser for refugees

Guest speaker Dr. Kayode Bamigboje gave an informative talk about the challenges of being a newcomer

Contaminated recyclables a growing issue

The TNRD is working on changes to its recycling system to ensure recycling can continue

Davidson gets six years

The 62-year-old was convicted of five charges in B.C. and pleaded guilty to two more

Grade 7s not going to Clearwater Secondary School

School board decides to keep class in Raft River Elementary; Barriere and Chase classes to move

Toronto van attack suspect faces 10 counts of first-degree murder

The suspect in the Toronto van attack that killed 10 people and injured 15 others on Monday is a 25-year-old man named Alek Minassian

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Issues split Trump and Macron, handshakes and kisses aside

Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron professed a sunny, best-friends relationship

How hospitals prepare for mass-casualty incidents

Code Orange alerts explained following the Toronto van attack

Jury to deliberate after Cosby painted as predator

A jury of seven men and five women are to decide actor Bill Cosby’s fate

Memorial to victims of Toronto van attack continues to grow

The subway station where a van was used to run down pedestrians has reopened in Toronto

Small aircraft touches down on Calgary street

The twin-engine plane was apparently short on fuel forcing an emergency landing

B.C.’s living wage increase curbed due to MSP cuts, child care subsidy: report

Living wage varies between $16.51 in north central B.C. to $20.91 in Metro Vancouver

Doctor sees healing power in psychedelic plant as Peru investigates death of B.C. man

Peru’s attorney general has ordered the arrest of two suspects in the killing of 41-year-old Sebastian Woodroffe

Most Read