The results from the province wide gun amnesty in October are in.
The province says Nearly 1,184 firearms were turned in over 31 days, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition.
The amnesty only covered weapons that had not been used in a criminal offence, some of them on display today.
But the president of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police, Chief Constable Les Sylven says some of the weapons handed in did stand out.
“For example, the sawed off shotgun that you see, there’s nothing lawful about that. There’s nothing practical about that,” he said. “That’s a crime weapon.”
But will the initiative actually do anything to cut into gun crime?
At its launch, police said the unwanted guns could be stolen, and end up in the hands of street gangs.
But today, RCMP Deputy Commissioner Craig Callen admits it is unknown just how many stolen guns are actually used in violent crime.
“I’m, unfortunately, not in a position to provide you with how many of those crime guns were actually stolen, or sourced legally – then modified, then used as a crime gun. Or, sourced legally, and then just simply used as a crime gun,” he said.
Cullen says that what he does know is that there are 1,200 fewer guns that could fall into the hands of criminals.
Most of the weapons collected were rifles, just 11 of them were restricted weapons.
The majority of them will be destroyed.