Abbotsford, B.C. police receive missile in gun amnesty program

Lindsay Jolivet

When a man in Abbotsford, B.C. called police to hand in a weapon as part of the province's weapons amnesty campaign, he told them he didn't have a gun.

Instead a narrow missile with a red tip and tail placed carefully over a lawn chair greeted police officers on Friday, according to the Abbotsford Times.

The man told police a relative had brought the missile home about 10 years ago after serving overseas in the military. He eventually passed the weapon down to him. That's quite a piece of carry-on luggage.

The owner told police he didn't think the missile was live, Const. Ian MacDonald told the Vancouver Province. After all, it didn't detonate the last few times he dropped it. Police called the military to remove the missile safely.

Yet another rocket launcher turned up during the 2011 campaign, once again in Abbotsford, according to the Province. Those who submitted the weapon said it was part of a gun and military memorabilia collection.

During British Columbia's amnesty campaign in 2006, residents in Delta and Kelowna turned in a submachine gun and a machine gun, and someone in Burnaby gave in a rocket launcher, according to the Globe and Mail.

(Photo from CBC)