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West Mercia Police support national firearms surrender

14 November 2017

The "Firearms and Ammunition Surrender" gives anyone the opportunity to hand in any unwanted guns, bullets, air-rifles, replicas and imitation firearms, BB guns or even military service pieces or even heirlooms.

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

The national initiative is being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) with all forces in England and Wales taking part.

Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten and intimidate their local communities.

Weapons should be handed to police station front counter staff.

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. But the point is to take weapons off the streets so they can't access those and there are less of them there to access".

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Richard Kennett, Firearms Licensing Manager for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, said: "Some people may have un-registered, old weapons that they have forgotten about, or have received one through inheritance that they no longer use, or that they don't know what to do with". This surrender period allows them to dispose of these weapons in a manner that can allay those fears.

Gun crime has surged this year, with the latest victim a 26-year-old man, Khalid Abdi Farah, who was shot dead in Southall, west London, in the early hours of Saturday, November 11. We only had two people injured here past year from a firearm, but that's still two people too many.

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.

Northumbria Police assistant chief constable Helen McMillan, the National Police Chiefs' Council's firearms lead, said it was aimed at the "full spectrum" of society.

"This surrender gives people an opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of firearms and ammunition in a safe environment." . "Every weapon we retrieve has the potential to save a life and I urge people to get involved and do the right thing".

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".

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And Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner, added: "I fully support Lancashire Constabulary in their campaign to remove risky firearms from our streets".

If you have a firearm in your possession that you do not want, call 101 and specially trained officers will arrange to collect it or advise you on how to apply for the required certificate.

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

- Colwyn Bay Police Station.

Anyone needing advice on how best to transport the weapon or ammunition to their nearest police station should ring the force on 101.

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West Mercia Police support national firearms surrender