Wiltshire residents - please hand in your guns

Wiltshire residents - please hand in your guns

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:49am 19th July 2019. (Updated at 5:53am 19th July 2019)

Wiltshire Police is looking to get firearms off our streets in a two-week surrender.

It's part of a national campaign to reduce gun crime across the UK.

Starting on Saturday (20th July), police are appealing to people to hand in unwanted guns and ammunition until Sunday 4th August.

Handgun
Have you got any guns to hand in?

Wiltshire Police say:

"Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people's homes.

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

"The surrender gives people the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition by simply taking them to a local police station and handing them over."

Over the two weeks, anyone surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession and can remain anonymous.

Firearms guns surrender (Wiltshire Police)
All of these weapons were handed in to Wiltshire Police during the last firearms surrender

You can hand your guns into Bourne Hill in Salisbury on:

  • Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.30pm
  • Saturday 9am-1pm
  • Closed Sunday and bank holidays

During that period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous.

Inspector Paul Saunders said:

"Our mission is to keep people safe and protect our communities; we must never be complacent about gun crime.

"This is a national firearms surrender, not a firearms amnesty, which means that people can hand in guns they should not have without being prosecuted for firearms possession.

"The surrender does not give amnesty for the life of the firearm and the public should be reassured that the police will continue to vigorously investigate offences linked to any firearm recovered."

Hampshire Constabulary are also following suit - you can find out where to hand your firearms inhere.

Firearms surrender Hants Constabulary
Surrender your firearms

If you know of people involved in illegal firearms call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS FIREARMS SURRENDER:

The last national fire-arms surrender Wiltshire Police took part in during 2017 saw 260 guns handed in.

The items surrendered included 39 air rifles, 51 shotguns, 12 revolvers, one antique musket, a crossbow, a deactivated AK-47, handguns and starting pistols.

BB guns, as well as ammunition were also handed in. 

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