Winnipeggers exchanged 1,700 guns for cameras

Winnipeg police say the Pixels for Pistols program was a big success, with more than 1,700 guns surrendered to police in exchange for digital cameras.
Some of the 1,700 firearms that were turned over to Winnipeg police as part of the Pixels for Pistols program. About 13,000 rounds of ammunition were also collected during the month-long initiative. (Winnipeg Police Service)

Winnipeg police say the Pixels for Pistols program was a big success, with about 1,700 guns surrendered within a month.

The program, which ran through the month of November, invited Winnipeggers to turn in their unwanted firearms in exchange for a Panasonic digital point-and-shoot camera and/or a gift card from Henry's Photo.

In all, more than 1,700 firearms and 13,000 rounds of ammunition were surrendered, police announced Tuesday.

"Pixels for Pistols has been the most successful voluntary firearms collection program in the City of Winnipeg's history," Mayor Sam Katz stated in a release.

A gun amnesty program from two years ago netted just under 200 firearms.

The Pixels for Pistols program was a partnership between city police, Henry's Photo and Panasonic.

Gun owners called police to arrange a time when officers could pick up their unwanted firearms, which included rifles and handguns. The guns were not to be dropped off at police headquarters or at any Henry's stores.

Police say the fact that 1,700 firearms have been surrendered to police means those weapons won't end up in the hands of criminals.