Londoners Urged To 'Give Up Your Gun'

6th February 2017

Londoners are being urged to #giveupyourgun as part of a week-long firearm surrender being launched by the Metropolitan Police.

The campaign, which is part of the Met's ongoing work to reduce gun crime and remove illegal weapons from the streets of London, will run between 0900hrs on Monday, 6 February until 2300hrs on Sunday, 12 February.

The surrender will give Londoners the opportunity to safely dispose of firearms, imitation weapons or ammunition, by taking them to a local police station and handing them in.

Those who hand in firearm(s) during this week's surrender will not have to give their details to police officers.

Detective Chief Superintendent Jim Stokley, of the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command, said:

"Illegal firearms cause nothing but misery and devastation.

"We are urging anyone holding an illegal firearm to take up this opportunity and hand it in to police this week.

"Our aim is to remove all illegal firearms from the streets of London and we work relentlessly to disrupt and arrest anyone suspected of being involved in gun crime.

"If you hold on to an illegal gun, you are putting yourself and your loved ones in danger and you are likely to be arrested and face at least five years in jail."

As part of the gun surrender, the Met will be running a video on its social media channels featuring quotes from a London woman who is currently serving a five-year prison sentence after she was asked by her boyfriend to look after a gun.

A webpage with full details about the surrender, including a map for users to check the location of their nearest 24-hour police station where they can hand in a gun is on the Met's website:  http://www.met.police.uk/

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