During the 2019 Spring Gun Amnesty Program, Peel residents turned in 129 guns and 269 pounds of ammunition.
The 2019 Gun Amnesty program ran through the month of May and offered an opportunity for residents to safely and voluntarily surrender weapons and ammunition. Since 2015, the period allows community members to turn in both unwanted legal firearms and guns that would potentially be considered illegal, without the risk of criminal charges that might have otherwise applied. People cannot turn in weapons that have been used in a crime or anonymously.
In 2018, residents turned in 34 guns and 80 pounds of ammunition, which is an increase of 380 per cent compared to 2019.
“Removing unwanted firearms from circulation ensures they will not get into the wrong hands and be used in criminal activity. I would like to thank the residents of the Region of Peel for their cooperation and participation in this program. Their support enables our vision of A Safer Community Together,” said Chief Chris McCord.
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During the program, 52 homes were visited, 129 firearms and x edged weapons and 269 pounds of ammunition were also turned in.
The guns seized in the amnesty are in addition to the 121 guns Peel Regional Police officers already seized this year.
Photo courtesy of Peel Police.