As part of the B.C Gun Amnesty program, residents turned in to RCMP almost 100 firearms and weapons and about 200 pounds of ammunition in Coquitlam.
The program, which is voluntary, allows people who possess documented or undocumented weapons not used in a criminal offence the opportunity to turn them in to police.
“We did it to improve public safety. By removing firearms that owners no longer wished to keep, we reduced the chance of those firearms being at the wrong hands,” said Corporal Jamie Chung.
There were a variety of firearms handed over to the Coquitlam RCMP during the amnesty – rifles, shotguns, handguns and starter pistols. Some of the interesting firearms of note were: PMC M1 rifle, Gevarm Carbine C1 rifle, BSA Mark3, Baikal SKS assault rifle with a bayonet and a sawed-off shotgun.
“A former gun owner who wished to remain anonymous told me he had his time with his collection of pistols, revolvers and rifles,” said Crp Chung. “He remembered he once had to fortify his doors and windows after an attempted break in so no one could steal his guns. Now that he’s in his 80’s and no longer has the need for the firearms, the conscientious thing for him to do is to have them destroyed responsibly.”