Residents can surrender their unwanted firearms, replica or imitation firearms, ammunition and parts of firearms between March 21 and April 10.

Firearms seized during a 2018 provincial gun amnesty in which people could bring in unwanted firearms in an effort to keep them off the street.
Firearms seized during a 2018 provincial gun amnesty in which people could bring in unwanted firearms in an effort to keep them off the street.Photo by TROY FLEECE /Regina Leader-Post
An annual gun amnesty program to address gun violence in Saskatchewan kicks off this week.

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The 2022 Firearm Amnesty Program, a joint initiative between Saskatchewan RCMP, the provincial Ministry of Environment and municipal police services, launched Monday, a release from the Saskatoon Police Service said. The program is sponsored by the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police (SACP).

“The SACP Firearm Amnesty does not wish to have an adverse effect on responsible firearms owners,” the release said, adding that the program is “designed to lower the risk of violent offences involving firearms by safely collecting and disposing of unwanted firearms that may, otherwise fall into the hands of criminals through break & enters or accidental loss.”

People can surrender their unwanted firearms, replica or imitation firearms, ammunition and parts of firearms between March 21 and April 10. During that period, police will not pursue any charges in relation to the unauthorized possession of firearms that are surrendered. The firearms will be checked to determine if they are involved in any ongoing investigation, then destroyed.

People are encouraged to contact their municipal police service, nearest RCMP detachment or conservation office to make arrangements. Officers will pick up the firearms and ammunition from people’s homes. The release asks people not to transport the firearms themselves, as it presents a safety risk and could have criminal implications.

Police in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Estevan, Weyburn, File Hills First Nations and Wilton are participating.

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Details about arranging a surrender will be made public in each community. Contact information for local RCMP detachments can be found online.

The amnesty period coincides with the launch of a campaign promoting firearms safety by the newly-created Saskatchewan Firearms Office. It promotes safe practices to prevent accidents and mitigate loss or theft.

The province transitioned oversight of its firearms program from the federal government in 2021 with the appointment of its first provincial Chief Firearms Officer.

That office now administers the Firearms Act in Saskatchewan, which includes jurisdiction over the licensing, storage, transportation and carrying of firearms.

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