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Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Police force have successful start to firearms surrender

Police force have successful start to firearms surrender

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

"The surrender provides the flawless 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". Furthermore there may be people who, because of the change in legislation around possessing a firearm, now own a weapon they can not legally hold.

'The surrender is aimed at everyone, it is aimed at a criminal who may have a weapon but also it's aimed at those members of the public who may have a weapon that's been in the family for quite some time'.

The surrender is giving people the chance to hand in any firearms or ammunition which have come into their possession for whatever reason.

Commander Jane Gyeford, of the City of London Police, said on Monday, November 13, she hoped people would take advantage of the surrender to hand in weapons which were in their possession.

The weapons surrender is supporting a national firearms surrender across the United Kingdom, coordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS). While these are not being used for criminal activities, they can and sometimes do fall into the wrong hands and can then be used to commit crimes.

"Many firearms are held in innocence however there is always a risk that they can end up in the wrong hands and used in criminality".

Guns, knives and weapons can be handed in without fear of prosecution for possession at the point of surrender.

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.

During the last national firearms surrender in 2014 more than 6,000 items were handed in to police.

People can also surrender items that have the potential to be converted, such as antique guns, blank firing replicas and imitations.

The gun surrender is being organized by the UK's National Ballistics Intelligence Service. 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.

Anyone who is unsure about an item they have is asked to call 101 to get advice on what they should do.

Anyone anxious about handling a weapon can contact police on 101 first for advice or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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