Summer Gun Surrender A Success So Far
31st July 2019
The latest firearms surrender has started very well with hundreds of items already handed in across England and Wales. The two week campaign runs from Saturday 20 July to Sunday 4 August 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. Items can be surrendered anonymously at local police stations.
The last national firearms surrender took place in November 2017 and saw more than 9,500 items handed in.
Head of NABIS is Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Clews. She said: "We are very pleased with the public's response so far and satisfied that so 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. We want to help police forces tackle gun crime, reduce serious violence in communities and, ultimately, save lives."
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 large scale surrender initiative following a rise in violent crime offences. The two week campaign supports the Government's on-going Serious Violence Strategy.
Latest stats issued by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a 3% rise in firearms offences in England and Wales for the 12 month period up to the end of March 2019 (compared to the previous year). Offences rose from 6492 to 6684. These
stats cover England & Wales and relate to all firearms offences, not just gun discharges.
NABIS commissioned a short film to highlight the surrender campaign which can be viewed via our website at http://www.nabis.police.uk/ or via the NPCC Youtube channel.
Items handed in so far include shotguns, pistols, antique guns and various rounds of ammunition, as well as air rifles and crossbows. Anyone who still wants to get rid of any firearms or ammunition, anonymously, should contact their local police force by calling 101 or visit their force website to find out which police stations are accepting items.
Many of the items handed in will be destroyed. Some of the more unusual items may be retained for the NABIS reference collection or for museums.
You can report information about gun crime or illegal guns to independent charity Crimestopppers by calling 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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