Gun Buyback Program,
April 26 to May 17, 2019,
1,235 firearms surrendered in two weeks
Broadcast time: 07:00
Friday, May 10, 2019
Two weeks into a three-week Gun Buyback Program, the Toronto Police Service has collected 1,235 firearms (816 long guns and 419 handguns) for destruction.
Any Toronto resident who wishes to have police pick up an operable, registered or unregistered gun from their home will be compensated with $200 for a long gun and $350 for a handgun. Each gun will be inspected to determine if they have been used in a crime. Residents who turn over guns to police will not face a charge for possessing or unsafely storing a firearm.
Residents should not bring guns to a police station or City facility. To participate, please call the Toronto Police Service non-emergency line at 416-808-2222 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and an officer will visit your home to pick up the gun.
In July 2018, Toronto City Council adopted the Immediate Steps to Address Gun Violence report, which included a Council decision to establish a gun buyback program. The City of Toronto is funding this program.
The Gun Buyback Program ends on May 17, 2019.
For more information, visit tps.on.ca/buyback
For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.
Kevin Masterman, Corporate Communications