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Gwent Police appeals for "unlawful" guns during two-week surrender

14 November 2017

"Our policing area has a large number of licensed firearms owners, and this is also an opportunity for them to hand in old weapons or guns they no longer require".

"One weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm or threaten our communities".

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".

People surrendering firearms will not be required to leave any information but if police suspect a weapon may have been involved in a crime, they will examine it for evidence.

They're tackling gun crime in a national campaign, encouraging us to hand in any firearms we may have.

Mr. Gibbins warned people not to try printing or testing out 3D-printed guns as they could lose a finger or even a limb.

From today (November 13th), until the end of Sunday November 26th, Northumbria and Durham Police will take part in Operation Aztec.

During the next two weeks (13th November - 26th November 2017) people can hand in their firearms and ammunition at any police station enquiry counter anonymously with no questions asked.

Police stations in the Thames Valley will be accepting former military weapons, unwanted firearms which were previously illegally owned, replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, antique guns, component parts and other ballistic items.

Illegal possession of a firearm can mean five years behind bars and if you are found guilty of possession with intent to supply that can lead to a life sentence.

Although firearm crime continues to decrease, the surrender offers people the opportunity to safely surrender illegal firearms, a number of which may be held by people in innocence or ignorance of their illegality.

McMillan said, 'I am urging anyone with an unwanted firearm to hand it over to police.

To receive advice on how best to transport the weapon responsibly from home to their police station they are advised to phone 101 before travelling.

Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said: "There are still too many gun related incidents occurring across Greater Manchester, with 28 since April". If the sentence was of three years or more, they are classified as a prohibited person under the Firearms Act and can never possess any type of firearm or ammunition.

Just one gun off our streets could save our lives - that's the message from Thames Valley Police.

However, I'd urge everyone to take stock and consider whether they need all the firearms and ammunition they own and if not, take advantage of this surrender to hand them in to be safely and securely disposed of.

"Ensuring that items which may be illegal, unsafe or insecure are handed to police will help to keep Dorset a safe place to live and visit".

If you know of people involved in illegal firearms you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; report it online at Lancashire.police.uk/report it; or call 101.

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