Pixels for Pistols. Cameras-for-guns amnesty program.
The amnesty is now over. Thank you Ottawa, for your overwhelming support.
We are pleased to announce that the citizens of Ottawa turned in 1035 firearms during the Pixels for Pistols amnesty period (October 7th to November 3rd, 2013).
See photos from the Pixels for Pistols Press Conference held November 4th, 2013 in Ottawa, announcing the results of the amnesty period. Click on an image below to view a larger version.
What is Pixels for Pistols?
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
October 4th, 2013 - Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau announces the Pixels for Pistols cameras-for-guns amnesty program in Ottawa.
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
In June 2013, Henry's in partnership with Olympus, the Toronto Police Service, and the City of Toronto brought the Pixels for Pistols program back to Toronto. Thanks to the overwhelming support of the citizens of Toronto, the exchange resulted in the following results:
- 485 firearms
- 22,000 rounds of ammunition
Photos from our 2013 Toronto Amnesty: