Surrey RCMP collect dozens of weapons during gun amnesty month

Surrey Mounties say they’ve received dozens of guns in the first two weeks of the month-long B.C. Gun Amnesty program.

Among the weapons, RCMP officers have collected 38 rifles, 19 shotguns, four handguns, 10 pellet guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition. The collection is part of a provincial program that aims to keep communities safe by collecting firearms.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Bert Paquet said a number of historic rifles, possibly relics from previous military operations, have been turned in as well as materials used in the making of homemade ammunition.

“Many times we will receive guns and firearms from families whose previous generations have passed on and they no longer want them in their homes,” he said, in statement Wednesday.

People with unwanted firearms are encouraged to turn them in by calling the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 to arrange for a police officer to pick them up.

For safety reasons, people are asked not to deliver weapons to any detachment.