Nearly all firearms handed in during surrender have been in Leamington - The Leamington Observer

Nearly all firearms handed in during surrender have been in Leamington

Leamington Editorial 29th Jul, 2019   0

NEARLY all guns handed in during an ongoing firearms surrender in Warwickshire have been in Leamington.

Guns and ammunition can be given with no questions asked from July 20 until Sunday August 4.

So far 14 weapons have been received – with 13 handed in to stations in Leamington.

The campaign aims to reduce the number of illegal or unlicensed firearms in circulation and to stop them falling into the hands of criminals.

Seventy-four firearms and 32 lots of ammunition were handed in across Warwickshire during the last surrender in 2017.

People surrendering firearms will not be required to leave any information, but if police suspect a weapon may have been involved in a crime, they will examine it for evidence.

All surrendered weapons will be destroyed and in exceptional circumstances, if the weapon has historical value, it may be donated to a museum.

Illegal possession of a firearm can result in a five years behind bars, and if guilty of possession with intent to supply, it could lead to a life sentence.

Supt Mike Smith said: “Compared with other areas of the country we don’t have a significant gun problem, but we are keen to support this national campaign to help keep our communities safe.

“The whole aim is to remove any firearms that could potentially be used in a crime from public circulation.

“We’re extremely pleased with the public’s response so far and the support they have shown in helping us to make the region safer. I would encourage as many people as possible to take this opportunity to hand in any unregistered firearms or firearms they no longer require during this time.”

Firearms can be handed in to stations in Leamington, Rugby and Nuneaton.

Anyone handing an item in is advised to call 101 and notify police of the time and station they will be attending.


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