With files from Jeremy Lye
Two years after the last one, a provincial gun amnesty is about to launch for the month of October.
The amnesty applies to any undocumented or documented firearms and other weapons that have not been used for a criminal purpose, as well as ammunition.
But police say it is vital for people to remember that no one should deliver their guns to the police.
SolGen Mike Morris highly recommends not delivering weapons to police stations. "Not advisable at all," he says pic.twitter.com/AHIytsIvnp
— Jeremy Lye (@JJLye980) September 22, 2016
Instead, Solicitor General Mike Morris says interested firearms owners can call their local detachment and arrange for officers to go and retrieve the weapons.
Another thing police wants people to remember is that there is no immunity if the weapon has been used in a criminal offence.
The previous two B.C. firearms amnesties in 2006 and 2013 yielded more than 5,000 firearms, including 900 handguns and two machine guns – plus approximately 127,500 rounds of ammunition.
Some of the weapons also included a rocket launcher, a military missile, historical rifles and antique bayonets.
Chief Constable Les Sylven with Central Saanich police says he’s seen a shift from weapons being smuggled into B.C., to guns being stolen locally.
“I can even recall one case in which a lawful gun owner was repeatedly targeted by thieves, only for his firearms…and just last night, several firearms were stolen from a locked gun safe, from a residence in the north.”
The amnesty takes place from October 1 to the 31.