The provincial gun amnesty program for the month of July 2018 has ended and during that time Manitobans turned in unwanted firearms and ammunition to 13 police agencies across the province.
All told the successful program saw close to 700 firearms turned in along with more than 22,000 rounds of ammunition.
RCMP in Portage la Praire also recovered an explosive shell and police in Winnipeg recovered a cannonball.
“We take the safety of our families and our communities very seriously,” said Justice Minister Heather Stefanson. “By encouraging Manitobans to turn in these unwanted firearms and ammunition we did our part in ensuring that illegal or stolen guns never make it into the wrong hands.”
Most of the firearms that were turned in will be destroyed but a select few will be saved for historical, educational or training purposes say police.
Turning in unwanted firearms removes potential hazards from the community, making everyone safer. The Gun Amnesty Program ensured that charges would not be laid against someone turning in a weapon unless it was used to commit a crime or was stolen. No charges resulted from anything turned in during the month of June.
“This program was a great success! We exceeded our previous provincial amnesty totals. These are weapons that are now off the street and unable to be used in the offence of any crime or to hurt any citizen. We thank the public for realizing the importance of this initiative and participating wholeheartedly,” said RCMP Commanding Officer Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody, president of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police.
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