SURREY RCMP are reminding people to call police when they want to relinquish firearms and not to bring them to the police station.
Recently, a rifle was brought into the RCMP’s District Office in Cloverdale. A well-intentioned person wanted to give up the rifle for destruction and inadvertently pointed it at staff while handing it over. The rifle was not loaded and employees were not at risk, however, the incident was unsettling to those present.
Remember these two safety tips for surrendering your firearm:
* Under no circumstances should you bring firearms or ammunition to police detachments or community police offices. Call your local police and officers will come pick them up.
* When police attend to retrieve your unwanted firearm, do not bring your firearm to the door. Leave it securely stored so the officer can ensure the firearm is unloaded and safe for transport.
Once the firearm has been picked up it will be brought back to the detachment, properly accounted for, recorded and then destroyed.
“We are happy to retrieve firearms for destruction, however we need to ensure everyone’s safety when receiving and disposing of firearms and ammunition,” said Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “The majority of gun-related crimes in Canada are committed with guns that are domestically sourced. If we can reduce the number of unwanted firearms in residences, it may have an impact on public and police safety.”
For information on licensing, registration and general safekeeping of firearms, visit the RCMP’s Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) website at www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf.