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Firearms amnesty introduced after gun crime rises by 27%

14 November 2017

The last time such an amnesty was launched in 2014 more than 6,000 guns were handed in, including antique guns, imitation firearms, handguns, rifles, shotguns and ammunition.

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

Anyone handing over firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous.

Detective Chief Superintendent Nathan Briant toldHeart: "There is very little gun crime in Cambridgeshire but as part of a coordinated national campaign to stop guns falling into the wrong hands, we are joining forces across the country to help people dispose of guns safely".

The amnesty follows a 27% hike in gun crime in the United Kingdom previous year - with nearly 50% of offences recorded by the capital's Metropolitan Police Service, says the London Evening Standard.

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"Fortunately Northumbria has a low number of firearm related crimes however, we want to do all we can to get these types of weapons off our streets and out of our communities".

People who take their firearms and ammunition to police stations across the United Kingdom in the next two weeks will not face any criminal charges.

"We are a predominately rural county with large numbers of registered shotgun and firearms holders who have legitimate access to weapons".

"We recognise that firearms or replica weapons in the wrong hands can assist in the commission of serious offences, can increase community fears, can result in a significant drain on police resources responding to incidents, and can present a potential risk to armed officers confronting an individual in possession of a weapon they believe to be real". 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, which is being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), will run for two weeks from Monday 13th November to Sunday 26th November 2017. That is why we are offering this opportunity to safely hand in your unwanted firearms.

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"This is an opportunity to surrender firearms and not be charged with illegal possession".

"This surrender gives people an opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of firearms and ammunition in a safe environment." .

According to data from the National Office of Statistics, more than two-thirds of police forces recorded a rise in offences involving firearms in the year from June 2016.

McMillan said, 'I am urging anyone with an unwanted firearm to hand it over to police. The majority of the firearms handed in during the last surrender were older items that the owner no longer needed and wanted to safely dispose of.

Additionally, while the Firearms Act 1968 allows antique firearms to be possessed without a certificate as a "curiosity or ornament", the changes to the law in 2014 now means that if you are prohibited from possessing firearms, you will be unable to possess antique weapons. Alternatively, collection can be arranged by calling 101. 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.

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Firearms amnesty introduced after gun crime rises by 27%