The Estevan Police Service wrapped up their gun amnesty program last week.

"We had five firearms in total turned in throughout the month that the amnesty was on," shared Deputy Police Chief, Murray Cowan. "Three shotguns and two .22 calibre rifles."

"Whenever we can get unwanted firearms out of the hands of people who don't want them anymore, it's always a success. It was a great program."

"What happens now is they will be destroyed. They will be sent in, Sgt Bird looks after that program here with our organization. Basically, they are going to be cut up so they cannot be used anymore."

He mentioned that just because the official gun amnesty is over, doesn't mean you can't turn in unwanted firearms. 

"I want to encourage the community that just because the amnesty is over, we don't want people to be afraid that they're going to get in trouble if they have something that they don't want anymore. If they still have firearms, you can still contact our office and make arrangements to turn that firearm in."

He added that other police services have had amnesties.

"There's been gun amnesties throughout the province previously. In my career here, I can think of one other time that we had one."

"I know the Regina Police had a gun amnesty a couple years ago and I can recall someone bringing in a firearm to our police service here to turn it in thinking that the gun amnesty was provincial, that they could do it anywhere because they had heard it on the radio. So that created a discussion at the SACP (Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police) level saying that rather than having just one police service doing it for the community they are serving, it should be a provincial-wide thing. That's what led us to start looking at it this way."

"We're glad it went as well as it did and we'll probably looking at having another one next year."

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