In an attempt to further enhance public safety, the Spring Gun Amnesty Program provided law abiding citizens a safe opportunity to turn in unwanted firearms and ammunition for destruction. The amnesty was extended to all firearms including handguns, long arms and non-restricted, restricted or prohibited weapons. Regional citizens were also encouraged to turn in any unwanted weapons, ammunition, replica firearms or pellet guns that could be used in the commission of a criminal offence.
Peel Regional Police say they are pleased with the response of the communities of Brampton and Mississauga, which resulted in 310 firearms and 460 pounds of ammunition being submitted for destruction. Also picked up by the amnesty team where machete knives, a sword and several replica and antique firearms.
Chief Jennifer Evans says: “Peel Regional Police are extremely happy with the results of the 2015 Gun Amnesty and with the cooperation of Peel’s citizens. A significant number of firearms, and a large amount of ammunition, has been turned in and will be safely disposed of. It is through initiatives such as this that we can work, live and play in a “Safer Community Together.””
Anyone with information related to illegal firearms can contact the Street Crime Gang Unit at (905) 453-2121, ext. 7704. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca, or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word “PEEL” and then your tip.