Ridge Meadows RCMP had 24 firearms and 41 boxes of ammunition turned in during June’s month-long gun amnesty. Included in the haul were two bayonets.

Ridge Meadows RCMP had 24 firearms and 41 boxes of ammunition turned in during June’s month-long gun amnesty. Included in the haul were two bayonets.

Gun amnesty nets 24 firearms from Maple Ridge

Ridge Meadows RCMP also seized two bayonets during the month long amnesty

Residents of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows turned in 24 guns and 41 boxes of ammunition during June’s province-wide gun amnesty.

The haul included two bayonets.

Across the province, police seized a total of 1,429 firearms and 97 other unwanted weapons.

The public’s response and participation in the amnesty was overwhelmingly successful,” said deputy commissioner Craig Callens, commanding officer of the B.C. RCMP.

“Based on the total number of weapons turned in to RCMP, it really showcases how many people have embraced this program. We were able to reach small rural communities such as Tumbler Ridge in northern B.C., with six firearms turned in, and the largest community the RCMP polices, namely Surrey, which had 237 guns turned in.”

The amnesty ran June 1-30, and allowed people to turn in documented or undocumented firearms not used in a criminal offence without being charged.

The majority of the 1,429 firearms handed over to the RCMP were rifles, shotguns and handguns.

Of that total, there were 827 rifles, 302 handguns, 299 shotguns, one machine gun  and 97 other weapons, including several replica handguns and rifles, pellet guns, air pistols and rifles, starter pistols and various gun parts.

In addition to guns, over 16,000 rounds of ammunition were also turned in.

A 1.8-metre missile was handed over to Abbotsford police.