MEMBERS of the Street Crime Gang Unit of Peel Regional Police are coordinating a Spring Gun Amnesty Program throughout the Region of Peel.  The program is scheduled to run from May 1 – May 31.

In an attempt to further enhance public safety, the Spring Gun Amnesty Program provides members of the community a controlled and safe opportunity to surrender unwanted firearms and ammunition for destruction.  The amnesty will extend to all firearms, including handguns, long arms and non-restricted, restricted or prohibited weapons. Citizens are also being encouraged to turn in any unwanted weapons, ammunition, replica firearms or pellet guns that could be used in the commission of a criminal offence.

Members of the public who wish to participate in this program are directed to contact the Amnesty Hotline, starting May 1, at 905-460-4122 to make arrangements for a safe pick up of their firearms and / or ammunition by a member of the amnesty team.  Citizens are NOT to bring these items to a police facility.

Often times, hunting rifles, shotguns and antique firearms are inherited by family members who are looking for a safe method of disposal.  The Gun Amnesty Program will assist persons wishing to clear such firearms, weaponry and ammunition from their residence in a safe and timely fashion.

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.