Firearms and Prohibited Weapons Amnesty Program Comes to a Successful Conclusion

Posted on Thursday November 30, 2017

Waterloo Region, Ontario Waterloo Regional Police have concluded the Firearms and Prohibited Weapons Amnesty program that was launched on November 1, 2017.

The month-long program, which ran from November 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017, was an opportunity for community members to turn over unwanted or unlicensed firearms and other weapons that are potentially illegal to possess or that pose a safety risk in their homes or community. This program was an opportunity to properly dispose of these items without fear of prosecution for illegal possession. This is the third time the program has been held by the Waterloo Regional Police Service. Other programs were held in 2014 and 2015.

The 2017 program resulted in the following items being turned in:

  • 87 firearms (32 shotguns, 45 rifles, 10 handguns)
  • 5,000 rounds of ammunition
  • 27 pellet guns
  • 30 calls still waiting for pickup

A similar amnesty program held in 2015 resulted in:

  • 68 firearms
  • 2,000 rounds of ammunition
  • 33 pellet guns

“The success of this amnesty program means many unwanted or illegally owned guns and weapons have been taken out of our community, reducing the potential of them falling into the wrong hands,” said Superintendent Patrick Dietrich. “We want to thank everyone who called in and worked in partnership with us in the interest of crime prevention.”

The public is encouraged to turn in any unwanted weapons or guns at any time by calling police at 519-570-9777. An appointment will be made to have your item picked up for destruction. We ask that you DO NOT transport items or deliver them to police facilities.

Media Inquiries:

Cherri Greeno, Media Relations Coordinator

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

Cherri.Greeno@wrps.on.ca
(519) 570-9777 ext. 8773

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