Gun Buyback Program

April 26 to May 17, 2019


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Residents of Toronto will be compensated for surrendering their unwanted firearms to the Toronto Police Service for destruction during the Gun Buyback program from Friday, April 26 to Friday May 17, 2019.

The program aims to reduce the number of firearms in the city that could fall into the wrong hands and endanger someone’s life. By turning over the firearm, you ensure that the firearm will never be stolen for a criminal purpose.


How to Participate:

  • Call the police non-emergency line at 416-808-2222 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. from April 26 to May 17, 2019 and tell them you wish to turn over an unwanted gun to police

  • Wait for a police officer to pick up the firearm. Do not bring a gun to a police station or any other City of Toronto facility

  • Exchange firearm(s) for a property receipt

  • Wait six to eight weeks to receive compensation

No participants in the program will face charges for illegally possessing the firearms or unsafe storage of a firearm.

The Toronto Police Service will test firearms suspected of being involved in criminal activity.

Police will destroy the firearms once they have been collected.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q&A icon Will I be criminally charged if I haven’t registered my firearm or do not have a gun licence?
No, you will not face criminal charges.
Q&A icon Will I be faced with criminal charges if my guns are not locked up?
No, you will not face criminal charges for unsafe storage of a firearm.
Q&A icon Does my gun need to be operational to qualify for compensation?
Yes, in order to qualify for compensation the firearm has to be operational. No replicas or air guns will qualify for compensation, however, police will also remove them from your home along with other firearms.
Q&A icon Who benefits from me turning over my unwanted firearm?
When a gun is unused or unwanted, it is often stored unsafely making it a target for theft or misuse by a vulnerable person, such as a child.
Q&A icon Will I face investigation if the gun was used in a crime?
Guns that are turned over to police will be tested. If they are suspected to be used in commission of a crime, an investigation will begin.
Q&A icon Can I turn in multiple firearms?
Yes, you will be compensated per firearm – $200 for a long gun or $350 for a handgun.
Q&A icon Can I surrender my gun at a police station?
No, call 416-808-2222 and wait for a police officer to come to your home. Please be patient as this is not our highest priority call. In the meantime, we ask that you secure the firearm(s) until we arrive for pick up.
Q&A icon Should I get a receipt that I turned in my gun?
Yes, a police officer will give you a property receipt.
Q&A icon Why can’t I receive compensation right away?
It takes time to process and mail payments as police officers are not equipped to make payments to members of the public.
Q&A icon Has the Toronto Police Service had a similar buyback program before?
Yes, we received over 2,000 guns during a similar program in 2008.