Manitoba’s gun amnesty program wrapped up on June 30th and today (Tues) the government released the numbers.
In total, almost 700 firearms and over 22-thousand rounds of ammunition were handed in to 13 police agencies.
“We take the safety of our families and our communities very seriously,” said Justice Minister Heather Stefanson in a news release. “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 surrendered items will be destroyed while a small number will be kept for historical, educational or training purposes.
All June-long, Manitobans had the chance to relenquish any unwanted guns or ammo, without fear of any charges from police.
“Manitobans really joined the cause during our Gun Amnesty Program,” said RCMP Commanding Officer Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody, president of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police in the same release. “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.”
It was the first gun amnesty program in the province since 2010 when nearly 300 weapons and over 74 boxes or bags of ammunition were collected at the time.