Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Fortnight-long firearms amnesty begins on November 13

Fortnight-long firearms amnesty begins on November 13

The surrender will run for two weeks from today until Sunday 26 November 2017, and will give members of the public the opportunity to safely dispose of a firearm locally by taking it to Malinsgate Police Station in Telford or Shrewsbury Police Station.

People with illegal guns should call 101 and arrange to hand them in at a nearby police station.

Officers recognise that many firearms can be held innocently or overlooked and forgotten about in people's homes.

"This nationwide amnesty is a very good example of how members of the public can directly help us to prevent harm to our local communities by removing the risk of weapons getting into the wrong hands".

During that period weapons can be handed in at six police stations in the county, including Skelmersdale.

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".

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

"The fight against gun crime is stronger than ever". We only had two people injured here previous year from a firearm, but that's still two people too many.

Essentially, if anyone has received a suspended/custodial or youth detention sentence of more than three months but less than three years, they can not possess a firearm or ammunition for five years after release.

He said intelligence-led operations have smashed a number of gun-running rings, such as the one in Kent which brought in 31 Skorpion sub-machine guns, the same weapon used during the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

"You won't have to give your name or address, we just want more guns out of harm's way".

"Handing in these potentially fatal weapons is an important step and I would urge residents to make the right decision and hand over any illegal firearms they are in possession of".

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".

"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".

"During the campaign this November you can contact your local force and hand in any unwanted or illegal firearms".

Latest crime figures released in October by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that crime involving firearms in England & Wales has increased by 27% (to 6,696). If you are found guilty of possession with intent to supply, it could lead to a life sentence.

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".

- Colwyn Bay Police Station.

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