Gun amnesty bid to get weapons off British streets


The surrender gives people the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition by simply taking them to a local police station and handing them over.

In 2014, a similar appeal was held, and 232 guns were handed in throughout Nottinghamshire, with over 6000 being surrendered nationally.

RESIDENTS in Lancashire are being encouraged to hand in guns and ammunition as part of a nationwide firearms surrender which started on Monday (November 13) and runs for two weeks.

Items can not be handed in at police headquarters, Aykley Heads.

A guns and firearms surrender, which we've already told you is starting in Wiltshire, is also opening in Hampshire from today (Monday 13th November 2017).

During the two-week period, people handing over firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession and can remain anonymous.

"There are a number of reasons that people may find themselves with a firearm they should not have, whether through inheritance or legally-owned guns they have no more use for". But one weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm or threaten our communities.

Northumbria Police assistant chief constable Helen McMillan, the National Police Chiefs' Council's firearms lead, said it was aimed at the "full spectrum" of society.

Any guns which can be proved to be linked to a crime will be kept as evidence and retained for any future court case proceedings.

The amnesty comes less than a month after national figures revealed the number of crimes involving firearms in England and Wales increased by 27% to 6,696 in the year ending June 2017.

"The surrender offers you an opportunity to dispose of your weapon safely and discreetly whether it is a gun that has been handed down through the family or a firearm in your loft collecting dust".

Michelle Mounsey, Firearms and Explosives Licensing Manager for the Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police Alliance, said: "We want to take out of circulation any type of firearm and ammunition, which includes guns which can still be fired, antique or unwanted collectible weapons, replica weapons, air weapons, BB guns, stun guns and ammunition that are no longer required". The majority of the firearms handed in during the last surrender were older items that the owner no longer needed and wanted to safely dispose of.

Illegal possession of a firearm can mean five years behind bars and if you are found guilty of possession with intent to supply that can lead to a life sentence.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: "Gun crime is still thankfully rare in Warwickshire, but protecting people from harm is key commitment in my Police and Crime Plan, so this gun surrender campaign is welcome news".

NABIS and police forces across the United Kingdom are working with partners such as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Local Government Association (LGA), to ensure the surrender fortnight of action is a success.

Anyone needing advice on how best to transport the weapon or ammunition to their nearest police station should ring the force on 101.

If you know of people involved in illegal firearms you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; report it online at it; or call 101.