Vernon collects 80 amnesty weapons

Eighty weapons will soon be disposed of after they were turned into the Vernon RCMP Detachment as part of June's gun amnesty program.

According to figures released Wednesday 50 rifles, 17 shotguns, 10 handguns and three pellet guns were turned into the detachment for disposal.

RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk says numerous rounds of ammunition were also turned in along with an unusual WWII paratroopers knife.

A few guns were also turned into other detachments in the North Okanagan.

The amnesty program provided an opportunity for people to safely dispose of unwanted guns that had been lying around the house or in storage.

"The biggest reason for it is they can be disposed of in a safe manner and that they don't get into the hands of the wrong people," says Molendyk.

Molendyk says there was a cross section of new and older weapons.

"Some is old military stuff, old 22s and shotguns. Some have been handed down through a generation or two and kids today don't want them laying around," says Molendyk.

"The significance and value is no longer there."

While the amnesty program is over, unwanted weapons and ammunition can still be turned into the RCMP for destruction.

People are asked to call their local detachment and have a member collect the firearms rather than having them dropped off at the detachment.

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