Police Asking Residents to Turn in Their Guns

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The Peel Police is asking residents in the region to turn in their guns.

Peel Regional Police will be hosting a gun amnesty program during the month of May.

Police say the program is for any peel resident who wishes to voluntarily surrender unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories or ammunition for destruction.

In addition, according to police, the program provides an opportunity for members of the community to enhance public safety by safely surrendering weapons.

During the program, police will not be recommending weapons-related criminal code charges that would otherwise apply to the people turning in these items.

However, police are reminding people that there is no amnesty offered for those who turn in weapons that have been used in the commission of a crime.

Additionally, no anonymous submissions will be accepted.

Residents of Peel who wish to participate in this program are encouraged to contact the Peel Regional Police Amnesty Hotline, starting Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 905-872-3064. 

For firearms outside of Peel, members of the public are to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 to make arrangements for a safe pick up of their firearms and/or ammunition.

Police are reminding people that they should not bring these items to a police facility.

Anyone with information related to illegal firearms can contact Vice, Narcotics and Street Level Organized Crime 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 peelcrimestoppers.ca.

Back in April of 2018, police conducted a similar gun amnesty program. 

"As a testament to its success, Peel Regional Police would like the public to know that upon making visits to 21 homes during the gun amnesty program, 34 firearms, 8 edged weapons and 80 pounds of ammunition were safely turned in by residents of the region of Peel," reads a recent press release.

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