Guns and live ammunition handed in during amnesty

British second world war service revolver recovered as part of the Lancashire police gun amnesty
British second world war service revolver recovered as part of the Lancashire police gun amnesty
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More than 3,400 rounds of ammunition and 103 prohibited guns were handed into Lancashire Police during a two week ‘Op Holster’ amnesty last month.

Officers collected a haul of 46 shotguns, 41 various air guns, pistols and five rifles. Also taken to police stations were eight revolvers and three self-loading pistols, in addition to various calibres of live ammunition.

A week long opportunity for people to surrender unwanted firearms and ammunition began on November 10, and owing to its success it was extended for a further week.

Some items will be submitted to the National Ballistics Intelligence Service, and after any evidential issues have been explored the majority of the items will be destroyed.

There were some historical pieces, including First World War weapons and several rare American produced guns that the force will donate to organisations including the Royal Armouries and accredited government “proof houses”.

Superintendent Jon Puttock said: “The gun surrender has been a great success for Lancashire Police. Clearly it’s concerning to see so many dangerous weapons on the street but taking these firearms and ammunition out of circulation can only be a good thing.

“We have also had lots of interesting and historic items handed in, including a stun gun disguised as torch and some of the firearms date back to the first and second World Wars.

“A replica revolver was brought in after been found whilst clearing a deceased relatives house, in addition to two 12 bore shotguns and ammunition that was also found whilst clearing out another deceased relatives house some time ago.

“Many of the weapons are old but many remain live and if fired are capable of killing. All it would take is one burglary for a gun to be stolen and end up in criminal hands.

“Communities hold the key to helping reduce firearms related crime and if you know of people involved in illegal firearms activity call the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Throughout the amnesty, those surrendering firearms did not face prosecution and could remain anonmous.

The maximum jail term for illegal gun possession with aggravating features is life.