Do’s and don’ts of surrendering firearms – do NOT bring them to the police station

Cpl. Scotty Schumann
Photo by Jay Sharma of Mahi Photo Studio

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


  1. The Surrey RCMP corporal Scotty Schuman is wrong when he states that “the majority of gun related crimes are committed with guns that are domesticaly sourced” is absolutely WRONG.
    It less than 1/10 of a percent of gun crimes that are connected with PAL holding legaly owned guns. Please see the new statistics gathered.
    This is another episode by the RCMP to make Legal gun owners appear to be criminals. Sorry, but I no longer trust or believe what the RCMP say.

  2. No honest person who has a gun they do not want should turn it in to the police to be destroyed.
    Instead they should go to a Historical Arms Collectors of BC gun show and legally sell it to a licenced firearms owner. If they check that the purchaser has a PAL, they will know that they are dealing with a law-abiding person. There is no reason to destroy an unwanted firearm when somebody could legally purchase it and enjoy it.

  3. The RCMP changed the definition of crime guns to include anything the RCMP aquires including guns no longer wanted and turned in, guns that are found, guns that can not be traced to Canada or the States are assumed to be Canadian sourced. The guns the RCMP took during the High River flood ( ” found guns” ) would be recorded as domesticly sourced crime guns. More RCMP lies.

  4. Thank you to the other two people that pointed out the inaccurate information stated by the constable. In my opinion he owes and apology to the law abiding gun owners of Canada.

  5. The RCMP changed the definition of crime guns, it now includes any guns that are found, turned in, confiscated without any charges and paper work “crimes” such as firearms owned by a licenced owner with an expired pal. All of this changes skew real origins of real crime guns.

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