Waterloo Regional Police to hold Firearms and Prohibited Weapons Amnesty program

Waterloo Region, Ontario – Waterloo Regional Police will once again hold a Firearms and Prohibited Weapons Amnesty programto promote community safety and awareness.

The program, which runs from November 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017, is 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 is an opportunity to properly dispose of these items without fear of prosecution for illegal possession.

The program is being repeated due to the success of similar programs held in 2014 and 2015. During these two programs, officers collected a total of 301 firearms (shotguns, rifles, handguns), 117 Pellet/BB/Imitation guns, 32 other weapons, 14,600 rounds of ammunition and six military ordnance

“Having illegally owned firearms and prohibited weapons taken off the street is a benefit to our entire community,” said Superintendent Patrick Dietrich. “Many weapons we recover that are related to a crime are those that have been stolen from residences. They end up in the hands of people who use them to commit a criminal activity. Turning in these unwanted weapons will reduce this risk and, in turn, make our streets safer.”

Anyone wishing to submit items for destruction is asked to call (519) 570-9777 to make arrangements for an officer to pick up the items.  We ask that you DO NOT transport these items or deliver them to police facilities.

Media Contact:

Cherri Greeno

Media Relations Coordinator

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773




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