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Results of 2019 firearms surrender in Devon and Cornwall

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119 firearms taken out of circulation

119 firearms of various types were handed in to Devon & Cornwall Police during the firearms and ammunition surrender which ran from 20 July – 4 August this year.

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

Items were voluntarily surrendered at all ten police enquiry offices in Devon and Cornwall.

Michelle Mounsey, Head of the Alliance Firearms and Explosives Licensing department for Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset 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 encourage anyone in possession of a firearm or ammunition that they no longer want to contact us for safe disposal.”

Information about firearms and firearms and explosives licensing in Devon and Cornwall can be found here:

More about the firearms surrender and photographs of surrendered items here:

The breakdown of the types of firearms handed in during the 2019 surrender is as follows:

Shotguns – 23

Pump-action shotgun – 1

Rifles – 9

Handguns – 15

Air rifles – 37

Air pistols – 10

Starter pistols – 11

BB guns – 8

Flare guns – 3

Replicas - 2

Pictured: a selection of interesting surrendered items, all destined for destruction. The hand grenade was certainly interesting, but was empty, which is fortunate given that the pin is out.


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