Throughout the month of April, Barrie Police Services, in collaboration with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), are hosting gun amnesty to anyone who wants to surrender unwanted or illegally-owned weapons, ammunition and accessories. Police will make arrangements to pick up the weapons and are asking that no weapons be taken to the station.
The amnesty, police say, is a safe way to surrender weapons. Police will not recommend weapons-related Criminal Code charges that might otherwise apply to people who are turning in these items. Police note there is no amnesty offered for people who turn in weapons that have been used in the commission of a crime and no anonymous submissions will be accepted.
“The gun amnesty program is supported by police services across the province,” said Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood. “Public safety is our top priority and the amnesty provides the opportunity to reduce the number of firearms and related equipment in our community, enhancing public safety and police officer safety.”
Those interested in participating are urged to call the Barrie Police Service Gun Amnesty Hotline at 705-728-5629 to arrange for officers to retrieve the weapons. Gun owners outside of Barrie can contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or visit their website at opp.ca/gunamnesty.