Firearms amnesty as police appeal for guns to be handed in

Firearms amnesty as police appeal for guns to be handed in

Firearms amnesty as police appeal for guns to be handed in

Top police hope the amnesty, starting this week, will succeed much like a previous 2014 campaign in England and Wales, which saw 6,000 weapons handed in.

The national effort involving forces across the United Kingdom is giving members of the public the opportunity to hand in any illegal or unwanted weapons - without prosecution.

Police say many firearms are held in ignorance of their illegality.

The previous national surrender was in 2014 when nearly 100 firearms were handed in across South Wales.

Although people will not be face police action for illegally possessing a firearm, any weapons found to have been used in a crime will spark an investigation, Mr Kennett said.

The appeal is urging people who have guns they don't want or that are in their possession without a licence to hand them in and prevent them getting into criminal hands.

Previously such items have included weapons that have been overlooked, antiques, inheritances or that belong to family and friends.

All the weapons handed to officers will be examined to ensure that they have not been used in any criminal offences, before being deactivated and destroyed.

"By participating in the surrender, people can be confident that items have been safely disposed of".

"We will not initiate proceedings against the person that surrenders the firearm at the point that they surrender it, however, what we will do is investigate the history of that firearm and if it's seen to be linked to a crime in the past we will prosecute as we see appropriate".

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".

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"The surrender provides the ideal opportunity to safely dispose of these weapons and to prevent them from ending up on the streets and falling into criminals hands, which only brings destruction and devastation to our communities".

"Any weapon has the potential to fall into the wrong hands, so each one surrendered is one less with the potential to cause a death or serious injury".

This includes replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, component parts and other ballistic items now lawfully held.

Anyone handing an item in is advised to call 101 and notify police of the time and station they will be attending.

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