The Ontario Provincial Police will be holding a gun amnesty program during the month of April, which will allow residents with unwanted or illegal guns, ammunition, or other weapons, to get rid of them in a proper manner.
“The amnesty is a way to provide citizens with a safe way to surrender weapons and enhance public safety. During the amnesty, police will not recommend weapons-related Criminal Code charges that might otherwise apply to people who are turning in these items,” stated an OPP press release.
With that said, police also note that there will be no amnesty offered to residents who turn in weapons that have been used in the commision of a crime.
Attempts to submit a gun anonymously will not be accepted, either.
Citizens can utilize the OPP website www.opp.ca/gunamnesty or the Citizen Self Reporting toll to notify police.
The OPP is stressing that no one should bring guns/weapons or ammunition directly to police facilities.
“Ontario has seen an increase in break-and-enter incidents where firearms are stolen or targeted by criminals. The OPP and our participating police partners are giving people a safe way to dispose of weapons, imitation weapons and related equipment, accessories and ammunition to reduce the number of guns in their communities,” said OPP Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes.