Toronto Star ^ | 3/9/06
Hamilton amnesty nets 300 guns
Mar. 9, 2006. 08:35 PM
HAMILTON (CP) — Hamilton's month-long gun amnesty has already seen more than 300 firearms handed to police — some with more jaw-dropping firepower than others.
Earlier this week, a resident turned over 67 rifles and shotguns and one handgun.
The next day, he called police again and told them he had one more weapon to get rid of.
When officers returned to his home, he handed them one of the most feared machine-guns of the Second World War — a German MP-42.
Built to fire 1,300 rounds a minute, the machine-gun was easily manufactured, reliable and worked under the most adverse conditions.
All firearms handed in under the amnesty, which continues until the end of the month, will be destroyed, said Chief Brian Mullan.
Even weapons of historical significance will be destroyed, Mullan said.
"Owners will know if the gun is historically significant and they can turn them over to a museum," Mullan said. "But if they turn them over to us, we will destroy them."
Police already have two laundry carts full of rifles and shotguns, including a century-old American Winchester rifle.
They have also collected boxes of handguns, from flint-lock duelling pistols to small one-shot Derringers.