Police Announce Gun Amnesty Program For Month of April
The St. Thomas Police Service, in collaboration with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and participating Municipal Police Services, is conducting a Gun Amnesty Program during the month of April.
The Gun Amnesty is for any Ontario resident who wishes to voluntarily surrender unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories or ammunition.
The Amnesty is a way to provide citizens with a safe way to surrender weapons and enhance public safety. During the Amnesty, Police will not recommend weapons-related Criminal Code charges that might otherwise apply to people who are turning in these items.
NOTE: *There is no Amnesty offered for people who turn in weapons that have been used in the commission of a crime. No anonymous submissions will be accepted.*
Interested participants within the City of St. Thomas are strongly encouraged to call the St. Thomas Police Service at 519-631-1224 to arrange for officers to attend and safely retrieve the weapons.
Under NO circumstances should anyone deliver guns or ammunition directly to police facilities.
Ontario has seen an increase in break-and-enter incidents where firearms were stolen or targeted by criminals. Participating police services are providing the community with a safe method to dispose of weapons, imitation weapons and related equipment with the goal of reducing the number of guns in our communities.