KEEP TORONTO SAFE. ONE GUN AT A TIME.
From June 3rd until June 30th, 2013 take advantage of the Pixels for Pistols program, that allows you to safely arrange to turn in firearms in exchange for an Olympus VG-160 digital camera from Henry's and a $75.00 Henry's School of Imaging gift card.
Pixels for Pistols? What's this all about?
The Toronto Police Service, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the City of Toronto are committed to putting an end to gun violence. We recognize that this commitment requires the community do their part to surrender firearms and assist in keeping the City of Toronto a safe place to live.
A Community Partnership with the Toronto Police Service
The Toronto Police Service, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the City of Toronto are proud to partner with Henry's and Olympus Canada to present the Pixels for Pistols gun amnesty. This program will result in the safe recovery and disposal of firearms by the Toronto Police Service. As an incentive, Henry's and Olympus Canada will provide citizens who surrender operational firearms for disposal an Olympus VG-160 Digital point and shoot camera and a Henry's School of Imaging gift card, a value of $175.00.
Click here to watch coverage of the 2013 Pixels for Pistols press conference and official program launch in Toronto.
The gun amnesty is available to residents of Toronto only.
The Amnesty Period is: Monday, June 3, 2013 to Sunday, June 30, 2013.
Residents of Toronto who wish to surrender firearms must contact Toronto Police Service at 416-808-2222 between the hours of 7am and 7pm.
Firearms CANNOT be brought into any police facility.
Firearms CANNOT be exchanged at any Henry's location.
Members of the public who surrender firearms under the amnesty will not be subject to criminal firearm possession charges.*
Firearm Exchange Incentive
The following incentive package will be rewarded to those who participate in the gun amnesty.
Olympus VG-160 PLUS a School of Imaging Gift Card
Total Retail Value $175.00
The "reward card" must be redeemed at one of four Henry's GTA locations: Thornhill, Scarborough, Mississauga, or Toronto Superstore.
For more information contact:
Staff Sargeant Chris Boddy
Toronto Police Service
The Toronto Police Service has partnered with Henry's and Olympus for this crime prevention initiative. Safety in the community is a shared responsibility between police and our citizens.
Pixels for Pistols provides an opportunity for the community to get involved in preventing crime. This unique cameras-for-guns exchange program had its debut in Toronto in 2008 and was an overwhelming success.
We must work together with the community to get guns off of our streets and keep them out of the hands of criminals.
- William Blair, C.O.M. Chief of Police
Henry's is a Canadian owned and operated company. As a thank-you to the community we so proudly serve, we initiated a unique program in 2008 aimed at putting an end to gun violence in Canadian cities.
Calling it Pixels for Pistols, this unique cameras-for-guns exchange program debuted to an overwhelmingly positive response in Toronto. We have since launched the program in Halifax and Winnipeg to equal enthusiasm and success.
Now Henry's, along with our dedicated partners, are honoured to announce Pixels for Pistols has returned to Toronto. We would like to thank Olympus Canada, the Toronto Police Service, the Ministry of Community and Safety and Correctional Services and the City of Toronto, for this opportunity to help make Toronto safer, one gun at a time.
- Ian Landy. President and CEO, Henry's
Greg Cole, Inspector 4851, 55 Division/G20 Disclosure Team, Ian Landy, President and CEO, Henry's, Staff Sergeant Chris Boddy, Toronto Police Service, Richard Sasserath, Technical Specialist, PR, Olympus, launch the Pixels for Pistols program in Toronto.
Firearms CANNOT be brought into Henry's or a police facility. Residents of Toronto who wish to surrender firearms must contact the Toronto Police Service first at 416-808-2222.
For more information on the Pixels for Pistols initiative, download our brochure (.pdf).
*Although this amnesty provides limited immunity to certain possession offences it does not include any other offences that may be connected to a particular firearm or individual. Firearms suspected as crime guns will be investigated thoroughly, including Centre of Forensic Sciences ballistics testing, serial number restoration if obliterated and a trace of the origin of the firearm will be conducted.
This project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of
Community Safety and Correctional Services. The views expressed on this web page are the views of the recipient and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ministry.
In February 2008, for the first time in the history of the nearly 100 year history of Henry's, an armed robbery occurred at our Kennedy Commons location in Toronto. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and within a period of months, the perpetrators were caught and subsequently convicted. In order to find a way to give back to the community, Management at Henry's developed a unique community-oriented program called Pixels for Pistols.
In November 2008, this program was launched in association with Toronto Police Services and the City of Toronto. Utilizing a very special private-public partnership, an exchange program was put in place whereby citizens could safely exchange any unwanted firearm for a digital camera. This event resulted in the most successful exchange in the history of Toronto Police Services, with the following results:
- 1897 firearms
- 304 non-firearms, including pellet guns and replicas
- 58,217 rounds of ammunition
- 1486 boxes of assorted ammunition
Watch this Breakfast Television video interview with Henry's President & CEO Ian Landy and Winnipeg Police Staff Sgt. John Boguski as they discuss the Pixels for Pistols initiative with BT Hostess Courtney Ketchen. Click here to watch!
In November 2009, HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality) Public Safety Office, the City of Halifax and Henry's teamed up to offer the Pixels for Pistols exchange program to citizens in the Halifax area. Yet again, this program proved to be the most successful exchange in the history of the region, with the following results:
- 1074 firearms
- Over 10,000 rounds of ammunition
In November 2012, Henry's in partnership with Panasonic Canada, the Winnipeg Police Service, and the City of Winnipeg introduced the Pistols for Pixels gun amnesty program in Winnipeg, MB. The Citizens of Winnipeg responded tremendously by surrendering over:
- Over 1,700 firearms
- 13,000 rounds of ammunition