Firearms amnesty launches in Milton Keynes

Firearms amnesty launches in Milton Keynes

"This is a surrender and not an amnesty so whilst people will not be prosecuted for the possession of the firearm, our specialist officers will be examining the previous use of the firearm".

"If you know where a weapon is being kept illegally, now is your chance to give up the gun, or tell us anonymously where it is". Surrender them now and we can dispose of them safely, making sure that they do not fall into the hands of criminals.

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". "No firearm will be refused".

"Although such weapons aren't being used for crimes, it's important that they are handed in to the police to stop them from falling into the wrong hands".

Police in England and Wales have begun a two-week gun surrender in an attempt to reduce the number of firearms on the streets, after a 27 percent rise in gun crime in the United Kingdom past year. Alternatively you can arrange to bring the weapon to Kempston to surrender it.

"Thankfully, gun crime in Durham is very low and I would like to reassure the public that the surrender is not being held due to any recent increase in such offences".

"While crimes involving firearms in both Sussex and Surrey are extremely rare, we understand that every weapon poses a potential threat if not licensed and stored safely".

"People should feel reassured that gun crime is not a major issue in County Durham and Darlington".

Officers recognise that many firearms can be held innocently or overlooked and forgotten about in people's homes. However others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm their local communities.

South Wales Police is calling on the public to hand in unwanted guns as part of a national two-week surrender of firearms and ammunition, starting on Monday, November 13, 2017.

Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton, Head of NABIS, added: "Surrendering unwanted or illegal firearms avoids the risk of them becoming involved in crime and means that members of the community can dispose of them in a safe place".

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, said: "I fully support this initiative and would encourage anyone in possession of ammunition, parts or firearms that are worrying them to make the most of this opportunity". 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.

The amnesty, at designated police stations, runs until 26 November.

The last national firearms surrender took place in 2014 and more than 6,000 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition were recovered by police forces across the UK.

Detective Superintendent Steve Williams, North Wales Police said: "Given the largely rural setting of our area, it may well be that people hold unlicensed firearms that have been handed down to them from relatives for example".

If you're unsure about an item you have, call the Police on 101 to get advice on what to do.