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Police urge owners of "unwanted" guns to surrender weapons

Police urge owners of "unwanted" guns to surrender weapons

Published by Eagle Radio News Team at 6:01am 20th July 2019.

Surrey and Hampshire police forces are calling on people in possession of unwanted guns or ammunition to hand them in over the next fortnight. 

The surrender, which runs from Saturday 20 July to Sunday 4 August, forms part of a national campaign by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).

It runs every summer, giving people an opportunity to hand in their firearm to local police stations, without fear of prosecution. 

The national campaign aims to highlight the harm those items can cause to the general public.

This includes replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, antique guns, de-activated guns, component parts, stun guns, taser, pepper spray and other ballistic items.

Whilst many foreign countries have no such restrictions on these items, in the UK it remains thoroughly illegal to own a firearm without the specific documentation, and the same goes for both other types of item listed above.

Possession of these can lead to a 5 year prison sentence, and if there is possession with intent to supply, this sentence can rise to life imprisonment.

Met Police National Firearm Surrender Video

“Illegal firearms can have devastating consequences which is why it is so important we keep them out of the hands of criminals.

“Thankfully gun crime is rare across our two counties but every weapon that is not licensed or properly stored poses a potential threat to our communities.

“Recent changes in legislation mean that those who own an antique, souvenir or replica firearm could fall foul of the law without realising it. So I would urge anyone in Surrey who may possess an unlicensed firearm to take this opportunity to hand it in so it can be safely disposed of.”

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, David Munro 

As part of the campaign, officers will be targeting people living in the UK who order illegal guns or component parts through internet sales sites, and leads on locations of internet-bought illegal firearms will be followed up more than usual in this period.

Even though firearm related offences are relatively low levels, comparatively speaking, Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Clews (Head of NABIS) does not want the forces to become "complacent" on firearms, adding "this surrender will help remove further harm from our communities".

Designated police stations in our area include.; Guildford, Woking, Reigate and Staines. 

Firearms that do meet the 2018 specification and offered for sale or gift must be accompanied by their deactivation certificate (issued by a proof house anywhere within the EU). You can find more information online here.



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