Kent Police Gun Surrender Success
15th November 2016More than 100 guns have been handed in to officers as part of a two week firearms amnesty, which ended on Friday 11 November.
A total of 104 guns, both replica and live, were surrendered by weapon holders across the county alongside 24 separate surrenders of live ammunition.
The firearms handed in included:
- 29 pistols
- 28 shotguns
- Nine revolvers
- Six rifles
The surrender of these unwanted items means that they can be safely disposed of, ruling out the chance of them falling into the wrong hands.
Detective Chief Superintendent Rob Fordham, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "We are very pleased with the response this amnesty has received and I would like to extend my thanks to all those who handed in their firearms and ammunition.
"We are committed to making our communities safer and removing firearms which are no longer wanted eliminates the risk of them falling into the wrong hands.
"Although this two-week surrender has now finished, we are happy to accept unwanted items from weapon-holders at all times. If there are firearms holders out there who have an item they wish to surrender I advise them to contact 101 for advice, or to arrange collection from an officer from Kent Police.
"The same goes for people in possession of replica firearms. There is never a good reason to be in possession of a replica firearm in public. They can cause the same amount of fear and alarm on our streets as functioning firearms and can place holders in a significant amount of danger."