Successful Lancs Gun Surrender Enters Second Week

15th November 2014

An opportunity for people to surrender unwanted firearms and ammunition that began in Lancashire on Monday 10th November 2014 as been extended for a second week, owing to its success.

It's been nine years since the force last asked members of the public to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to help prevent them getting into the wrong hands.

The surrender, in response to a law change in July, is codenamed Operation Holster and will allow owners of antique or unwanted firearms to hand them over without fear of prosecution.

Many firearms may be held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or may be overlooked or forgotten in people's homes. This gives holders the chance to dispose of the firearm and ammunition safely by handing it in at a police station.

Weapons and ammunition can be surrendered at any police station but anyone handing in a firearm during this opportunity is advised to check the opening times of their nearest station before they set off. Details can be found on the force website

To receive advice on how best to transport the weapon responsibly from home to the Police station phone 101 before travelling.

Anyone wishing to hand-in firearms should disarm them and put them in a box or strong bag and putting ammunition in a separate box or bag.

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