Many people have taken advantage of the latest Toronto Police gun amnesty, announced during crime prevention week, in order to ensure their home is safe and their firearms do not end up in the wrong hands.
Nearly 50 weapons have been turned in since the amnesty was launched nearly two weeks ago. It ends on Monday, November 16.
“We have received daily calls since the launch,” said Inspector Chris Boddy. “The#amnestyTO hashtag has been trending right across Canada from Day One.”
He said police has collected 10 handguns, many more rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
“There are a lot of people in the city with guns that have been passed down to them and they don’t know how to get rid of them,” said Boddy. “Frankly, they are too responsible to throw them away in the garbage or they think they might get into trouble if they call us.”
He said police are always concerned that unwanted firearms may not be stored safely and be easily stolen if there is a break-in at a home. It is also a concern that a young person might happen upon a firearm in a home.
“This is a good opportunity for them to get rid of their firearms that have been burdening them for decades in some cases. It’s mostly seniors we have been recovering weapons from. They say they want to dispose of them because they don’t want their children to have to worry about them in the coming years.”
Boddy said firearm owners have complied with the police request not to take their guns to a Division or headquarters. They’ve called 416-808-2222 to make arrangements for a police officer to pick up the firearms.
“They made the calls for us to come and get them and we are very appreciative of that,” he said.