Quite a haul for police during gun amnesty month
RCMP reported that a total of 1,801 guns and 30,700 rounds of ammunition were turned into police across B.C. during gun amnesty program in June.
The list of unwanted weapons turned in to police included:
- 1,026 rifles.
- 394 handguns.
- 380 shotguns.
- 155 other weapons.
- A machine gun received by Kelowna RCMP.
- Historical firearms, including a Lee-Enfield .303 rifle from World War II.
- Bayonets from the 1800s, turned in to Ridge Meadows RCMP.
- A military missile more than six feet long, kept as a souvenir of a tour of duty overseas.
RCMP Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens said program helps prevent unwanted weapons from ending up in the hands of criminals, children and those without a firearms licence.
According to police, approximately 5.3 per cent BC residents have a firearms licence, which is slightly below the national average of 5.7 per cent.