Province-wide gun amnesty nets hundreds of firearms

A new province wide initiative called #GunAmnestySK has just wrapped up, and hundreds of firearms have been voluntary relinquished to police services across the province.

Cities across the province make numbers available to public in 2018

Regina police collected 157 firearms during a gun amnesty in 2017. They were later destroyed. (Regina Police Service)

Some of the Saskatchewan cities that participated in the first ever province-wide gun amnesty program are sharing their statistics.

This program, dubbed #GunAmnestySK, was inspired by the success of the Regina Police Service's two-week firearm amnesty in 2017. The Saskatchewan Association of Chief of Police launched the province-wide initiative in an effort to lower firearm-related offences. 

From 2012 to 2016 there have been thousands of crimes involving illegal firearms in the province, according to a news release.

That is thirteen less guns that won't potentially end up in the hands of criminals.- Alana Adamko, Media Relations Prince Albert Police Service

Saskatoon collected 122 guns and around 500 rounds of ammo during this year's amnesty, which ran from March 29 to April 27. 

Last year's amnesty in Regina netted 157 handguns and rifles, according to police. RPS said in a statement Thursday it will be releasing this year's numbers next week.

Prince Albert saw eight rifles and five handguns of various calibres collected.

"That is thirteen less guns that won't potentially end up in the hands of criminals,"  says Alanna Adamko, spokesperson for Prince Albert police.   

Hundreds of rounds of ammunition were also voluntary submitted in this year's #GunAmnestySK. (Regina Police Service)

Adamko said Prince Albert police were happy to be part of the program and hope the initiative with make their city safer.

Prince Albert police previously said they didn't expect criminals to turn over their guns, but that such initiatives prevent other crooks from getting guns through other means.