PCC supports national firearms surrender
Both the PCC for Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire Police are appealing for people to hand over any unwanted guns as part of a National two week surrender of firearms and ammunition, starting on Monday 13 November 2017.
Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality, or are overlooked and forgotten in people's homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm their local communities. The National surrender gives members of the public the chance to dispose of a firearm or ammunition by simply taking it to a local police station and handing it in.
The Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said:
“The safety of our residents and communities is absolutely paramount and this campaign is an important step in removing dangerous and unlicensed firearms from our streets.
“Even old guns and ammunitions long forgotten in lofts and sheds can pose a real threat and I would urge everyone who holds an unlicensed firearm to make the effort to hand it in so it can be safely disposed of.”
Superintendent Kieran English added, “Keeping a firearm is a huge responsibility. This is an opportunity to ask if it is a responsibility that you really want and if so, do you have the legal right to hold the weapon? Is your licence up to date? For every item kept, there is the potential for it to fall into the wrong hands or cause harm. Surrendering the firearm takes away the responsibility and the risk and many people welcome this opportunity.”
The surrender initiative is being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS). The surrender will run for two weeks from Monday 13 November to Sunday 26 November 2017.
Guns and ammunition can be surrendered at police stations across the UK but anyone handing in a firearm, ammunition or any other weapon during the surrender is advised to check the opening times of your station online or call 101.
During the last national firearms surrender in 2014 more than 6,000 items were handed in to police across the Country with 132 being surrendered in Lincolnshire. These included hand guns, rifles, shotguns, antique (obsolete calibre) guns and imitation firearms - as well as ammunition.
How to hand in your weapon
You can take your item to any police station providing it is packaged and bagged safely and appropriately. There is no need to call ahead unless you have queries or concerns about your weapon or the process of handing it in.
If you are elderly, infirm or without transport, police will attend your home.
Do not attempt to bring items that might be unstable, e.g. a hand grenade. Call 101 for advice.
If you know of anyone involved with illegal firearms call police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111.