Gun amnesty bid to get weapons off British streets

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"Too many lives have been torn apart by gun crime and it is no exaggeration to say every weapon retrieved via the surrender has the potential to save a life. But the point is to take weapons off the streets so they can't access those and there are less of them there to access".

Det Supt Jennings said she knows "people involved in gangs are hardened criminals are unlikely to hand in their weapons" but she urged their loved ones to help make South Yorkshire a safer place.

Sussex Police Detective Chief Inspector Steve Rayland said: "If you have any guns or ammunition you no longer want, or if you don't know what to do with them or how to safely dispose of them, we can help".

"While we know individuals already involved in criminality will be unlikely to hand in any weapons, there will be people who will have been passed down an antique firearm by a family member, or have items such as samurai swords that may have previously been used for decoration in the home, and they are now no longer wanted".

As a result of the last gun surrender in April 2016, a total of 139 firearms were handed in, including shotguns, rifles and high-powered air weapons, along with ammunition.

Mr. Gibbins warned people not to try printing or testing out 3D-printed guns as they could lose a finger or even a limb.

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The surrender runs from November 13th until November 26th.

A two-week gun surrender in England and Wales began on November 13, but one senior firearms officer told Sputnik criminals could soon turn to new technology to produce 3D-printed metal guns.

The two week campaign started on Monday, members of the public will be encouraged to surrender any firearms in their possession to the police.

In Caerphilly County Borough, firearms and ammunition can be handed in at police stations in Blackwood (open daily between 8am and 8pm), Caerphilly town (between Monday and Friday 9am to 5pm), and Ystrad Mynach (Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm).

"The surrender offers you an opportunity to dispose of your weapon safely and discreetly whether it is a gun that has been handed down through the family or a firearm in your loft collecting dust".

If people are found guilty of possession with intent to supply it can lead to a life sentence.

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This is the message from Thames Valley Police which launched its Firearms and Ammunition Surrender in Milton Keynes today.

"Thankfully, gun crime in Durham is very low and I would like to reassure the public that the surrender is not being held due to any recent increase in such offences". If the sentence was of three years or more, they are classified as a prohibited person under the Firearms Act and can never possess any type of firearm or ammunition.

Launching the drive in the Northwest, Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle, of Greater Manchester Police, said the public should be anxious about the supply of guns on the UK's streets.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone needing advice on how best to transport the weapon or ammunition to their nearest police station should ring the force on 101.

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