Police departments throughout B.C., including Kamloops, will collect unwanted and unauthorized guns from the public during an amnesty planned for June.
The goal of the program, organized by the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police, is to reduce the risk of weapons falling into the hands of criminals.
People who wish to give up weapons, including imitations and replicas, can phone police during the month and have them come to their house for a pickup.
"The biggest thing for us is that people who have firearms that they want to surrender call our office and we will send someone out," said Staff Sgt. Grant Learned.
He said the amnesty is a good opportunity for people to get rid of illegal weapons without having to fear being charged with an offence.
During the four-week, provincewide gun amnesty in 2006, British Columbians turned over 3,213 guns, including 505 handguns, and 725 other unwanted weapons to police departments, as well as 96,500 rounds of ammunition, a rocket launcher and a machine gun, according to a B.C. government press release.
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