Saanich tops regional gun haul during amnesty month

Rifles most popular firearm turned in to area police departments

Gun Amnesty month raked in an impressive slew of weapons throughout Greater Victoria last month.

More than 80 handguns, shotguns, rifles, replica guns and other weapons were turned in to Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay municipal police forces in June. Saanich police received the majority of the firearms.

“In a lot of cases, people have ended up taking over a relative’s property, and they come across a rifle or other firearm and they’re not really sure what to do with it,” said Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie, whose department also received over 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

“The public is always welcome to call us in those cases, they don’t need to wait for amnesty month.”

The provincial public safety initiative ran from June 1 to June 30 and allowed people to turn in documented or undocumented firearms not used in a criminal offence without being charged.

Provincewide, more than 1,800 firearms and 31,000 rounds of ammo were turned in to police. The most peculiar story came from the Abbotsford Police Department, who received a non-detonated 1.8-metre military missile, brought back by a veteran from overseas.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

Gun Amnesty Month final tallies:

Victoria:

Rifles: 8

Shotguns: 4

Handguns: 7

Saanich:

Rifles: 22

Shotguns: 12

Handguns: 13

Replica guns: 1

Pellet guns: 13

Ammunition: 2,082 rounds

Flares: 3

Oak Bay:

Rifles: 2

Handguns: 2

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