Many Firearms Already Handed In During Gun Surrender
21st November 2017
The national firearms surrender has started very well with hundreds of items already handed in across the UK.
The two week campaign runs until Sunday (26 November) and has been co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).
Police forces have been supporting the surrender initiative and encouraging members of the public to give up their unwanted guns and ammunition.
The last national surrender took place in 2014 and saw more than 6,000 items handed in.
Head of NABIS is Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton. She said: "We are very pleased with the response by the public so far and satisfied that many firearms have already been handed in to police. This means there are fewer guns which can potentially get into the hands of criminals and cause fear or harm. One less firearm out of circulation is a good thing and makes our communities safer."
The National Police Chief's Council lead for Criminal Use of Firearms is Assistant Chief Constable Helen McMillan (Northumbria Police). She asked forces to take part in the national surrender this month following a rise in gun crime offences.
Latest stats issued by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a 27% rise in firearms offences in England and Wales for the 12 month period up to the end of June 2017 (compared to the previous year). Offences rose from 5,269 to 6,696.
NABIS commissioned a short film to highlight the surrender campaign which can be viewed via the website or via the NPCC Youtube channel.
Items handed in so far included shotguns, pistols, antique guns and ammunition, as well as air rifles. Anyone who still wants to get rid of any firearms or ammunition, anonymously, should contact their local police force by calling 101 or visit the force web site to find out which stations are accepting items.
To report information about gun crime or illegal guns to Crimestopppers ring 0800 555111.
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