Firearms and Ammunition Handed In To Met Police

25th November 2014

More than three hundred and fifty firearms and over 12,300 rounds of ammunition have been handed in by Londoners at police stations across the capital, during the Met's first firearms surrender in six years. 

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Bruce, Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "We had an incredible response to the gun surrender and I want to thank Londoners for their enthusiasm in getting behind this campaign and supporting us.

"The surrender has led to a significant number of lethal-barrelled weapons and ammunition being taken off the streets, preventing them from falling into the hands of criminals, in particular gang members, and helping to further reduce gun crime in the capital.

"We have seen a substantial number of antique or 'granddad guns' handed in, ultimately these firearms are live weapons and can be used to kill or injure someone. Of the firearms recovered, around 25 per cent will be sent off for further forensic examination to see if they have been involved in crime. Those with antique value will be passed on to museums, collections and Leeds Armoury, the remaining firearms will be destroyed."

Of the 351 firearms, at least 220 are live firing firearms, 74 air rifles and 57 imitation guns. A wide range of firearms have been handed in, of note two 'walking stick' guns were recovered along with accompanying shells, one of which had been in possession of the owner for 50 years and he had paid 50 shillings for it. Several WW1 weapons were handed in, including an Eight Star, a model of gun known to have been used recently by gang members, and a .45 auto dating back to 1911.

The surrender gave Londoners the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition, by taking it to a local police station and handing it in. The surrender started at 07:00 hours on 10 November and ended 23:00 hours on 23 November.

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