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More firearms surrendered in Kelowna during gun amnesty than anywhere else in B.C.

This RCMP handout shows five pistols turned into the Kelowna RCMP during the amnesty. Three of the firearms, .22 calibre pistols (centred in the photo) were said to be handmade during the early war period. The pistol in the upper right side of the photo is an air pistol, while the other was a musket hand gun.
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KELOWNA - The Kelowna gun amnesty program resulted in the most police service calls and most firearms collected in all of B.C.

Kelowna police responded to 53 calls for service and picked up 109 firearms during the province-wide gun amnesty, Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a media release.

O’Donaghey says of the 109 unwanted firearms, there were 51 rifles, 20 handguns and 15 shotguns.

Pellet guns, replica and antique firearms were also collected by police.

“RCMP in Kelowna are pleased to see that residents seem to recognize that unwanted weapons in homes are a potential hazard,” O’Donaghey says. “The weapons seized could have led to a tragic outcome if they had fallen into the wrong hands, such as a small child or criminal.”

The Kelowna RCMP responded to more gun amnesty calls for service and collected more firearms than any other municipality in the province. The Lower Mainland came in second with 74 firearms turned in and 39 calls for service.

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