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Manitoba gun amnesty pulls in almost 700 unwanted firearms

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Manitoba's Justice Minister Heather Stefanson along with RCMP Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody announce the results of the June gun amnesty program – Jul 31, 2018

The month-long gun amnesty held by the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police was brought to a close Tuesday with shocking numbers.

Thirteen different police agencies were given almost 700 firearms and 22,000 rounds of ammunition by people in the province in June, said police.

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The program was held to offer Manitobans a chance to turn in potentially dangerous items without charges being laid against them, unless the item was used to commit a crime or was stolen.

On Tuesday, officials announced no charges resulted from anything turned in.

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Amongst the items turned in, Winnipeg police received a nine-pound cannonball. They said it was found by someone visiting York Factory in 1966.

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Portage La Prairie RCMP also got an unusual call about a bomb that had been stored in the home of a basement. It was not operational.

The large majority of the firearms and ammunition surrendered will be destroyed, but experts said a handful could be kept for historical, educational or training purposes.

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Justice Minister Heather Stefanson was on hand for a show-and-tell with the weapons.

“We take the safety of our families and our communities very seriously,” Stefanson said . “By encouraging Manitobans to turn in these unwanted firearms and ammunition, we did our part in ensuring that illegal or stolen guns never make it into the wrong hands.”

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