The Regina Police Service says it is pleased with the reaction to the city’s first gun amnesty program, announcing 157 firearms, 59 exhibits of ammunition and four knives were voluntarily turned in.
The program ran from February 1 to 15 in the Queen City.
During that time, residents were able to report unwanted or illegal weapons without the risk of receiving charges or fines.
In exchanged for a firearm police handed out free Regina transit or leisure centre passes.
Inspector Lorilee Davies, who was the head of the program, said a significant amount (1/6) of the firearms turned in were restricted or prohibited weapons.
Which include handguns, anything that is sawed off and some semi-automatic rifles.
“Eighty-one rifles, 30 shotguns and 25 restricted or prohibited firearms were brought in,”said Davies. “We also received 21 that were pellet guns or starter pistols, firearms of that nature,” Davies added.
However both inspector Davies and Chief Evan Bray were quick to point out that no matter what type of firearm it was, be it a .22 caliber rifle, or sawed off shotgun, both can kill a person, contribute to a crime and cause significant damage, and are better off being turned in than left to be stolen or cause harm.
Chief Evan Bray said the success of the program has also given Regina Police lots of follow up investigations to undertake to determine if any of the weapons were involved in crimes.
In many cases people found themselves in possession of a gun that they either found in their home when they moved in, or received as a gift, that they no longer want.
Four firearms recovered will be going to a museum or the RCMP Gun Library in Ottawa.
The rest are going to be destroyed.
Police received firearms dating as far back as the 1920’s.