People urged to hand over any illegal firearms

People urged to hand over any illegal firearms

by Henry James (May 2022)

LANCASHIRE Police are urging members of the public to hand over illegally held weapons and ammunition as part of a national two-week firearms surrender.

The firearms surrender started on May 12 and will be held until May 29.

Firearms legislation is regularly updated, and officers are asking people to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to help avoid them getting into the wrong hands.

Many firearms may be held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or may be overlooked or forgotten in people’s homes.

The surrender gives holders the chance to dispose of the firearm or ammunition safely by taking it to a local police station and handing it in.

During the surrender period, those handing over firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession at the point of surrender and they can remain anonymous.

However, the history of each live firearm will be checked for evidence of its use in crime.

Chief Supt Richard Robertshaw from Lancashire Police said: “In particular we’re appealing for people with so called legacy items – inherited or antique weapons or ammunition lying in a cupboard or attic to hand them in. Changes to legislation means these are now illegal to hold without a licence.”

Firearms and ammunition can be surrendered at any designated police station but anyone handing in a firearm, or a stun gun, during the firearms surrender is advised to check the opening times of their station.

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