Firearms surrender

100 weapons handed over in firearms surrender

Torbay Weekly

More than 110 firearms were surrendered in the Devon and Cornwall area as part of a national firearms surrender.

Running from Thursday, May 12 to Sunday, May 29, the national firearms surrender operation saw 115 firearms, nine imitation firearms, as well as a significant amount of ammunition and component parts handed into Devon & Cornwall Police.

The national campaign, instigated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NaBIS), was supported by other forces around the country.

Assistant Chief Constable Julie Fielding, of Devon & Cornwall Police, said: “As a result of this firearms surrender, all of these items are now permanently out of potential circulation. While not every firearm is owned with the intent of criminal activity, every firearm can become a weapon in the wrong hands. Removing the guns from circulation reduces the risk of danger to public safety.

“The campaign was an opportunity for anyone to hand in illegal, unregistered or unwanted firearms without risk of arrest at the point of surrender, and while the campaign is now over, I would still encourage anyone in possession of a firearm or ammunition that they no longer want to contact us for safe disposal.”

NaBIS manage compulsory registry of recovered firearms and ammunition used in crime, as well as firearms and ammunition recovered by the police. Their database provides strategic and tactical intelligence. NABIS liaises with its partners, delivering an integrated national communications and media strategy and capturing, developing and disseminating good practice in relation to gun crime.

Following the recent publication of changes to the Home Office Statutory Guidance for the granting and renewal of certificates, firearms applicants are now required, at their own expense, to obtain a GP report as part of this new application process.

It is now the responsibility of the applicant for both grant, renewal, or variation to complete and return their application without delay to the Firearms Licensing Unit. For both grants and renewals you must also complete the medical proforma and submit this to your GP.

Information about firearms and explosives licensing in Devon and Cornwall can be found here: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-services/firearms

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