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Province Wide Firearm Amnesty Numbers In

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 10:01 AM


Solicitor  General Mike Morris at news conference wrapping up  firearms amnesty – image courtesy RCMP E Division

Prince George, B.C. – Over the month of October,   British Columbians had the opportunity to  surrender unwanted  firearms  to police  without fear of repercussion, as long as the  firearms had not been  used in the commission of crime.

Throughout the Province,  the  month  long  program  saw a total of 1184 firearms  and  replicas  as well as  thousands of rounds of ammunition surrendered.   That’s  down from the previous amnesty in BC  which  saw 1800 firearms  turned over to  police.   Although the numbers are down, Solicitor General Mike Morris says the  2016  event  was a success “By all means,  it was a success. That’s 1184 that are no longer in circulation and available   to people  when they break into homes.”

The Solicitor General says all   of the firearms will  be checked to ensure  they  have not been stolen and that there are no alerts  issued for that particular  firearm “Other than that there’s not much done, unless it’s a unique calibre or  there is something unique about it that raises the attention  then it will go for  further forensic examination”.  All of the  firearms  surrendered will be  destroyed

As previously reported on 250News, the surrendered firearms in Prince George  were made  up of:

  • 8 handguns,
  • 27 rifles and
  • 8 shotguns.

All of these were standard or common firearms.

The most unusual item  surrendered  during this  amnesty was a World War I  mortar.   There was also an Uzi  turned in.

The Province wide  amnesty was the second in  three years,  but the Solicitor General says  at this  point, there is  no plan to make this a regular event “We will certainly keep all that in mind we’re  encouraging the public anyways that if they have any firearms that have come into their possession to contact police  and turn  them over.  The police can make a determination at the time ( whether charges are warranted) but I don’t think  anyone who legitimately goes before the police and says look,  ‘ I’ve got   this gun that was left in the house by my uncle and I don’t want it anymore’  I am sure the police  wouldn’t  consider charges under circumstances like that,.  But we still have to be wary because a lot of times criminals will  use these kind of  venues (amnesty)  to  get out of prosecution.”


“That’s 1184 that are no longer in circulation and available to people when they break into homes.” I wonder who has stolen more guns in the last 5 years, criminals or the RCMP in the High River gun grab which saw over 600 guns “confiscated” (stolen) from homes?

You have to wonder about statements like this. Out of all these firearms turned in, how many were actually in danger of being stolen? I think very few…if any were in any real danger of being stolen to be used in the commission of future crimes.

The RCMP is in the middle of an active campaign to discredit and stigmatize legal gun owners. They want one thing and that is to remove ALL guns from anyone that isn’t the police or military. They begin by inducing fear into the general public by saying any gun is bad and it’s likely to be used in criminal activity sometime down the road.

People need to open their eyes. Guns aren’t bad. Criminals are bad. If the courts would do their jobs and keep scumbags off the street and in a cage where they belong then we’d all be better off.

    For sure, but it is way easier to put pressure on law abiding citizens who follow the (many) rules.
    Law abiding citizens should revolt against criminals but of course that is the job of the police.
    Now if the courts would back up the police a little more….

Maybe use some common sense and inspect the guns first and if not stolen or used in a crime put them up for auction and give the money to charity. One question- If serial # is checked and found to be stolen will the police be returning it to the owner.

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