A total of 268 firearms and 4,762 rounds of ammunition were turned in to various police agencies across the province as part of the 2023 Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police Firearm Amnesty.
During the amnesty, residents were encouraged to turn in their unwanted or replica firearms and ammunition without fear of charges being laid for unauthorized possession or careless storage.
- Regina Police Service – 40
- Saskatchewan RCMP – 81
- Saskatoon Police Service – 114
- Moose Jaw Police Service – 24
- Weyburn Police Service – 3
- Ministry of Corrections, Policing and Public Safety – 6
This year’s total eclipsed last year’s total of 241 firearms that were surrendered.
Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police Acting Deputy Chief Cam McBride said they were encouraged by the number of residents participating in the program.
“While we recognize that firearms are a part of life in Saskatchewan, we cannot forget the threat posed should unwanted firearms fall into the hands of criminals.”
Saskatchewan RCMP Staff Sergeant Brian Udey issues thanks to those that participated.
“Our top priority – and the top priority of all our provincial policing partners – is the safety and security of the people we serve,” he said. “We want to thank all those who took the time to arrange for the pick-up of their unwanted and unused firearms. The potential for these firearms to be lost or stolen and end up in the hands of those who may use them in unlawful offences no longer exists.”
While the gun amnesty has ended, SACP added that residents who want to surrender a firearm are still encouraged to do so by contacting their local police department.