A total of 369 guns were turned in during the first province-wide gun amnesty in Saskatchewan.
Well over two thirds of the guns that were turned in were in Regina and Saskatoon, with the Queen City having 101 guns picked up by Police, Saskatoon had 122.
Moose Jaw Police Chief and Treasurer of the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police Rick Bourassa says the province is much safer after the guns have been taken in.
“I’m not sure what any of us expected, we really didn’t know, but it’s comforting to know that we’ve had 369 firearms across the province that might have fallen into the hands of people that meant to do harm that now are no longer in that position.”
RCMP spokesperson Maureen Wilkie says guns came from all over in rural areas.
“I don’t have the exact breakdown, but I can divide it up; in our jurisdiction, 53 firearms were turned over in our south district, in our central district there was 36, and in out north district there was eight.”
Regina Police Deputy Chief Dean Rae says this is an opportunity for police to remove guns from people who don’t know what to do with them to prevent possible crime.
“Often times, these firearms are handed down from generation to generation, and individuals may end up with firearms that they’re not sure what to do with,” Rae says. “They’re unwanted in their minds, but they don’t want to give them away, whether they got them inherited by a grandparent or another relative. This is just an opportunity for those people to get rid of those unwanted firearms and we can dispose of them safely.”
Rae also says he hopes this becomes a regular occurrence, but there is no plans to make this an annual event.