Disarming Kamloops: Police want your unwanted firearms

By James Peters / Chad Harris
September 28, 2016 - 4:42pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops RCMP are encouraging local residents - don't bring your guns to town.

But if you want to turn in firearms, whether restricted or not, without penalty, October is Gun Amnesty Month.

As part of the program, RCMP officers will come to your residence and pick up any unwanted guns.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says during two previous firearm amnesties in 2006 and 2013, more than 5-thousand firearms were turned in.

"That includes 900 hand guns, and two machine guns, plus over 127,000 rounds of ammunition. Among those weapons were a rocket launcher, a military missile, historical rifles, and antique bayonets," noted Shelkie. 

Shelkie says the reason members of the public are asked to leave guns at home is a matter of public safety and officer safety.

"Please don't bring in any firearms or any other weapons - real or imitation - to the police detachment. Our first priority is public safety, so that is why we send an officer there. The probability of injury or accidents is reduced if the police handle the weapons instead of citizens bringing them into police stations."

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