Large haul of weapons turned in

Gun amnesty sees First World War weapons handed over to the RCMP

The recently completed gun amnesty saw police at the Oceanside detachment swamped with firearms.

Corporal Jesse Foreman said the province wide amnesty saw 113 firearms turned over to police, along with hundreds of pounds of  ammunition of various types and calibers.

“We had an amazing amount,” he said. “There was some old weaponry from the First World War. It’s neat to look at but will be destroyed anyway.”

Foreman said the total number of firearms turned in was quite high, compared to other communities and he said it’s possible the unique demographic could be the cause.

“Some of these may have been willed to people and they are just not interested or the owners are getting to an age where they want to do a safe thing with them,” he said.

Provincially, a total of 1,429 firearms and 97 other unwanted weapons were turned in. The majority of these were rifles, shotguns and handguns. However, there was one machine gun, pellet guns, air pistols, starter pistols and various gun parts.

The province wide gun amnesty ran for the entire month of June and gave residents who possessed unlicensed weapons the opportunity to turn them in to police without being charged.