MORE GUNS were turned over to the police during the first half of the month-long gun amnesty last month than in the last two years.
As of June 30, the Terrace RCMP received 17 firearms, three prohibited handguns, five restricted handguns, six unrestricted long guns, one antique and two air guns, according to Const. Angela Rabut.
“We’re happy about the numbers that came in,” she said, noting people are still encouraged to call police to pick up unwanted firearms or ammunition.
In 2012, three guns were turned into the detachment and 17 guns were destroyed.
The latter number includes those seized or, for instance, ordered forfeited through court action.
In 2011, five guns were turned in and 13 in all were destroyed.
Provided the weapon being turned in wasn’t used during the commission of a crime, police didn’t take any action against the person surrendering the weapon.
An antique Colt 1851 Navy 36 revolver was one of the guns turned in.
Rabut said even antiques are destroyed, which, she said, at times is “heartbreaking.”