From February 1 – 15th, Regina residents can surrender unwanted firearms, replica firearms and ammunition to the Regina Police Service as part of a new amnesty initiative.

If you want to get rid of an unwanted firearm, call the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 and let them know that you have a firearm you want to get rid of, under the Firearms Amnesty Program. Police officers will come pick up the firearm from you. RPS reminds people not to transport firearms to them, and also not to enter the Police Service Headquarters building with a firearm.

Police won’t pursue any charges related to unauthorized possession of firearms that are surrendered as part of the amnesty program. Surrendered firearms will be checked by police to determine if they are involved in any ongoing investigations. Firearms will then be destroyed. The Regional Crown Prosecutors office and the Chief Firearms Officer are supportive of this program.

In return, participants who voluntarily surrender unwanted firearms have the option of receiving a one month Adult Leisure Pass or a 31-day Adult Transit Pass as an additional incentive.

The amnesty program is a way for RPS to proactively address the issue of gun violence and to raise awareness about the potential risk of unwanted firearms in the community.

Firearms related calls and seizures of firearms increased dramatically in 2016. Unwanted firearms can fall into the hands of criminals by way of break and enters, thefts or accidental loss. Reducing the number of these firearms in the City of Regina will have a positive impact on community safety.

In 2016, there were 141 violent offences involving a firearm, which is a 94% increase from the five-year average. In the same period, 343 firearms seized, which is a 31% increase over the five- year average. There were 55 firearms reported stolen in 2016, compared to 35 in the previous year.

 

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