Merseyside Police Launch Two Week Gun Surrender

10th November 2014

On Friday, 7 November 2014, Merseyside Police launched a two week initiative designed to give people who are in possession of illegal firearms the opportunity to hand them in. This also extends to antique, replica and decommissioned firearms.

Did you know that changes in legislation earlier this year now mean that anyone previously convicted of possessing firearms, or ammunition, who has served a sentence of between three months and three years is prohibited from possessing antique firearms for five years? Those sentenced to more than three years are permanently prohibited from possessing them. People who are unaware of the changes in legislation could be committing an offence.

The firearms surrender is a forcewide campaign aimed at those in our communities who may possess, and now wish to safely dispose of, an illegally held firearm. Those persons who physically surrender illegal firearms to the police will not face prosecution for possession of the firearm, however detectives will investigate the history and use of the firearms.

Detective Superintendent Mike Shaw, from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Team, explained: "Merseyside Police is relentless in its approach to tackling gun crime and last year we proactively took almost 200 guns off our streets thanks to information we received from our communities."

Members of the public who have any information about those involved in gun crime, or who know where weapons are being stored, are urged to contact the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Team on 0800 230 0600. Alternatively, people can call the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111. Merseyside Police will act on all information provided in relation to gun crime.

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