Durham Firearms Amnesty Ends This Sunday
13th November 2014POLICE in Durham are staging a week-long firearms amnesty from Saturday, 8th November.
Firearms legislation has changed recently and police across England and Wales have been asking people to surrender unlawfully held, or unwanted guns and ammunition to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.
A number of other forces, including Cleveland Police have already commenced their amnesties and Durham Constabulary will join them from this weekend.
Until midnight on Sunday, 16th November those handing in weapons or ammunition will not face prosecution for the illegal possession.
Police recognise many firearms may be held innocently, perhaps following the death of a relative who was the previous legal owner. Surrendering the items avoids the risk of them being involved in the pursuit of crime and allows the police to dispose of them through the proper processes.
People are also encouraged to hand over any replica firearms, air weapons, ball bearing (BB) guns, imitation weapons, component parts and other ballistic items.
Weapons and ammunition can be surrendered at any of County Durham and Darlington's 12 main police stations during normal office hours, details of which can be found on the force website www.durham.police.uk
Items cannot be handed in at police headquarters, Aykley Heads.