Latest BC Gun Amnesty program material from the official BC RCMP Twitter says “even registered firearms pose a risk”, asks owners to turn them in.
As if the RCMP hasn’t learned their lesson on needlessly attacking licensed firearms owners, the official Twitter of the BC RCMP shared an image with the caption “Even registered firearms pose a risk. Lock them securely or turn them in and be worry free #bcgunamnesty” and the text “prevent unnecessary tragedies. Turn in unwanted weapons” laid over the image.
Interestingly, the image features a pistol being stored inside a drawer without a trigger or cable lock and readily available to ammunition – something all responsible firearms owners in Canada know is against the law.
— bcrcmp (@bcRCMP) October 27, 2016
The post is just one of many being shared on various official Twitter accounts belonging to the BC RCMP and municipal police agencies in the province. They come as part of the BC RCMP’s month-long gun amnesty program that was announced in April.
A common theme among the posts is generic fear mongering that criminals are going to break into your home and steal your firearms, demonstrated succinctly by an image with the text “Unwanted guns? Who’s picking yours up?” overlaid two scenes – one showing police officers collecting them and the other criminals stealing them.
— CS Police Service (@cspoliceservice) September 22, 2016
According to the announcement made by the BC RCMP, the program “will help remove firearms from the community, eliminating the risk of them falling into the hands of criminals or being part of a tragic and unfortunate circumstance”.
“Many people inherit firearms or keep them as souvenirs without realizing the risk these and all weapons pose in the wrong hands”, said the Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety of British Columbia, Mike Morris. “The upcoming Gun Amnesty is an important part of the work we are doing with police agencies throughout the province to stop guns and gangs in BC.”
According to BC RCMP Commanding Officer Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, 60% of weapons used in criminal activity and tragic accidents are “sourced domestically”.
Despite the offer to collect the unwanted firearms without risk of being charged criminally – as long as the firearms were not used in the commission of an offense – the RCMP do not offer any sort of compensation even for guns that hold historical or cultural significance, which are then typically destroyed.
This practice has prompted gun stores like Reliable Gun, Wanstalls, and Lever Arms to offer their own amnesty programs that preserve the value of the firearms and compensates the previous owners by consigning or buying the guns for future sale.
If you have unwanted firearms, please research your options before giving them away to the RCMP.