By Laura Lennie, News Staff
Hamilton police are giving citizens more time to hand over unwanted firearms.
Acting inspector Paul Evans says police are “really encouraged by the response” to the gun amnesty program that began in early April and have extended it until May 16.
“We are still getting calls,” he said on Monday.
The program encourages the safe and secure surrender of unwanted guns and ammunition.
People turning any type of firearm over to police are able to do so without charges being laid.
Replica or imitation guns can also be turned over, as these can be used to simulate a real weapon.
Hamilton police had collected 285 firearms, including 203 long arms (rifles, shotguns and pellet guns) and 82 handguns (pistols and pellet guns), along with more than 13,000 rounds of ammunition from 175 homes across the city as of May 5.
Evans said many calls have come in from citizens who have had firearms passed on to them by family members.
“In most cases, the firearms are not safely stored and so they could have been easily stolen,” he said. “That's our target and the city is safer for it.”
A similar program in 2006 saw more than 1,200 firearms and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition turned over to Hamilton police and destroyed.
If you have an unwanted firearm, call 905-818-9656 and police will arrange to pick up the items. They caution residents not to bring firearms into police stations.