CORNWALL, Ontario – For the month of April, the OPP and the Cornwall Community Police Service (CCPS) are giving residents the opportunity to surrender guns they no longer want.
This amnesty covers guns owned both legally and illegally, as well as any accessories that residents are looking to dispose of or ammunition.
Guns that have been used during the commission of a criminal act will not be accepted under the amnesty.
The police services stress that in the interest of public safety that residents do not attempt to drop off guns at their local police stations, instead, they are being asked to setup an appointment by calling 1-888-310-1122. Once an appointment has been setup, a police officer will come to the resident’s home to collect the unwanted firearm.
Police are asking that all weapons being collected are unloaded and stored in a safe manner.
Additionally, no weapon will be accepted anonymously.
Those looking to dispose of their firearms through the amnesty can also setup an appointment online at www.opp.ca/gunamnesty .
“Ontario has seen an increase in break-and-enter incidents where firearms are stolen or targeted by criminals,” said OPP Commissioner J.V.N. Hawkes. “The OPP and our participating police partners are giving people a safe way to dispose of weapons, imitation weapons and related equipment, accessories and ammunition to reduce the number of guns in their communities.”
The CCPS are supporting this OPP initiative and will be available to collect unwanted firearms in the City of Cornwall during the amnesty.
The amnesty will run from April 1 to April 30.