Lancashire Police’s amnesty sees more than 70 guns handed over to police

SUCCESS: Some of the guns handed in since Lancashire's last amnesty nine years ago
SUCCESS: Some of the guns handed in since Lancashire's last amnesty nine years ago
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More than 70 guns have been taken off Lancashire’s streets, police said today.

A gun amnesty, held over the last two weeks, has been hailed a success by officers, with weapons handed in at police stations in Preston, Lea, Coppull, Leyland, Chorley and Lancaster, amongst others.

They include 40 shotguns, four rifles, a dozen prohibited items like revolvers and stun guns and several air weapons.

The force has also revealed various kinds of ammunitions have been handed over including bullets, pellets and rounds.

The campaign was initially going to run for a week but it was extended for another week.

The public’s last chance to hand weapons over is tomorrow.

Unusual items handed in include a stun gun disguised as a torch.

Supt Jon Puttock, of Lancashire Police, said: “ 160 items have been surrendered at police stations and that includes 2,000 rounds of ammunition and more than 40 shotguns.

“We have had lots of interesting and historical items. We have had viable firearms been handed in that require certification, it isn’t just airguns.

“Around 3kg of propellants used for loading and reloading ammunitions into guns has been handed in.

“It has been a great success.

“We have had a lot more historical weapons than we anticipated. There have been service pistols handed in dating back to the First and Second World Wars. A baby Browning self loading pistol, dating between 1910 and 1930 was among the items and we’ve also been handed a Colt small pocket pistol known to be used by the American police.

“There is still time to hand guns in.”

Operation Holster is a response to a change to the law which increases the jail term for some firearms crimes to a life sentence.

There have been 38 discharges recorded this year in the county, with 53 people injured through firearms discharges in the last 12 months.

The campaign gives gun holders the chance to dispose of items like antique guns and ammunition safely, and without prosecution, by handing it in at a police station.

However, the history of each live weapon will be checked for evidence of its use in crimes.