(CHATHAM, ON) – Last month, the Chatham-Kent Police Service, in partnership with the OPP, participated in a gun amnesty program. The amnesty was designed for anyone in Ontario who wanted to voluntarily surrender unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories, or ammunition.
“The Amnesty was a great way for citizens to safely surrender their weapons to enhance public safety,” said CKPS firearms officer, Constable Rob Tobin. “Our goal was ultimately to reduce the number of guns on our streets and in our community.”
- 40 non-restricted rifles, shotguns, and pellet rifles,
- 5 restricted handguns,
- 2 pellet pistols,
- 4 prohibited handguns,
- 2 knives, and
- 20kg of assorted ammunition.
No weapon-related Criminal Code charges were laid in connection with the weapons turn-in.
“We would like to thank everyone who participated in the amnesty by voluntarily surrendering their weapons and ammunition,” said Police Chief Gary Conn. “By turning in your weapons for destruction, we can now ensure that they will never fall into the hands of those with criminal intent.”
CKPS is reminding residents that under no circumstances should anyone deliver guns or ammunition directly to police headquarters.