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Firearms and ammunition surrender: 13 - 26 November

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North Devon and results so far in Devon and Cornwall

In North Devon, Barnstaple police enquiry office is accepting unwanted items during the firearms and ammunition surrender which runs in Devon and Cornwall until 26th November.

If you have unwanted items you can hand them in and you can remain anonymous, and you will not be arrested for illegal possession at the point of surrender.

Barnstaple police enquiry office is open Monday to Friday 9am – 1.15pm, 2pm – 5pm.

Our photos show some of the items surrendered in North Devon during the first four days of the amnesty.

Details of all other police enquiry offices taking part in the firearms and ammunition surrender, about what it’s legal to possess or not, and a contact if you are uncertain about transporting items can be found here: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-services/firearms/firearms-surrender/

Any amount of unwanted ammunition can be accepted from members of the public. Firearms include live weapons, antiques and trophies of war which may have been left forgotten in the attic, air weapons, stun guns, replicas and collectors pieces and BB guns. Every firearm taken out of circulation helps to keep our communities safer.

Across the force area as of the afternoon of Thursday 16the November, four days into the surrender period, 183 separate items have been recorded.

111 of these are separate weapons of various types, the other 72 being various quantities of ammunition, totalling in excess of 1,400 assorted rounds.


Plymouth - don't want that firerarm or ammunition? Hand it in.

In Plymouth, both Charles Cross and Crownhill police enquiry offices are accepting unwanted items during the firearms and ammunition surrender which runs in Devon and Cornwall until 26th November.

If you have unwanted items you can hand them in and you can remain anonymous, and you will not be arrested for illegal possession at the point of surrender.

Charles Cross is open on Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm, Crownhill is open 9am – 1.15pm and 2pm – 5pm Monday to Friday

Details of all other police enquiry offices taking part in the firearms and ammunition surrender, about what it’s legal to possess or not, and a contact if you are uncertain about transporting items can be found here: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-services/firearms/firearms-surrender/

Any amount of unwanted ammunition can be accepted from members of the public. Firearms include live weapons, antiques and trophies of war which may have been left forgotten in the attic, air weapons, stun guns, replicas and collectors pieces and BB guns.

Every firearm taken out of circulation helps to keep our communities safer.


Day five - Torquay

On day five of the firearms and ammunition surrender, the police enquiry office in Torquay has released more photographs of items handed in over the last 48 hours.

All are unwanted and following examination are earmarked for destruction. Getting any firearms out of circulation in this way, so that there is no way they can end up in the hands of criminals, helps to keep our communities safer.

You can find your nearest participating police enquiry office and opening times here, plus information about what to do if you are uncertain about transporting firearms or ammunition: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-services/firearms/firearms-surrender/


Cornwall collects unwanted firearms

The police enquiry offices at Bodmin, Camborne, St Austell and Truro are all participating in the firearms and ammunition surrender which runs in Cornwall and Devon until 26th November. The Isles of Scilly are also taking part.

During this time you will be able to hand in any unwanted firearms or ammunition in your possession and you won’t be arrested for illegal possession at the point of surrender. You can also remain anonymous.

Check the opening times of your nearest police enquiry office here, and also what to do if you are concerned about transporting any items: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-services/firearms/firearms-surrender/

You can also find out if a change in your circumstances such as a custodial sentence means that firearms in your possession previously legally held, may no longer be so.

Firearms include live weapons, antiques and trophies of war which may have been left forgotten in the attic, air weapons, stun guns, replicas and collectors pieces and BB guns.

If you don’t want it anymore, or if you have even a shadow of doubt about the legality of anything in your possession, then hand it in.

Our photos show a WW1 or WW2 Webley revolver handed in at Camborne within the last few days, and a selection of items from Bodmin, St Austell and Truro which includes a duelling pistol. Several shotguns have also been surrendered.


Day 4 - Plymouth in the spotlight

Firearms and ammunition surrendered in the last 48 hours include this WW1 / WW2 Webley revolver handed in at Camborne police enquiry office. It is a prime example of firearms being in peoples home without them necessarily being aware, as it was found in an attic. Now it will be destroyed and taken out of circulation.

The other revolver and air rifle were handed in at Plymouth, where both Charles Cross and Crownhill police enquiry offices can accept the surrender of unwanted firerams and ammunition. Check opening times at the link below.

If you have even a shadow of doubt about the legality of any firearm or ammunition in you possession – hand them in. All you need to know including the opening times of participating police enquiry offices can be found here: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-services/firearms/firearms-surrender/


Day 3 - more firearms and ammunition surrendered at Torquay

Firearms and ammunition are being surrendered at participating police enquiry offices across Devon and Cornwall.

To find your nearest participating police enquiry office, opening times, information about what is or isn't legal to possess and contact details if you are uncertain about transporting items, click this link: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-services/firearms/firearms-surrender/

All firearms taken out of circulation reduces the risk of them falling into the hands of criminals, and helps to make our communities safer.

The surrender period lasts until 26th November and anyone handing in items can retain their anonymity and will not be arrested at the surrender point for illegal possession.

These are some of the items handed in at Torquay police enquiry office on day 3 of the surrender.

 


Revolver, air weapons and shotgun cartidges surrendered in Exeter

These items were surrendered at the Heavitree Road police enquiry office in Exeter throughout Tuesday 14th November, day two of the firearms and ammunition surrender which runs in Devon and Cornwall until 26th November 2017.

The police are not actively seeking bladed items during this surrender, which aims to take firearms and ammunition out of circulation in order to make our communities safer, but any handed in will be dealt with in the same way which in almost all cases will result in their destruction.

This is the fate which awaits the bizarre bladed scorpion / lobster item.

People handing in items can remain anonymous and will not be arrested for illegal possession at the point of surrender. The Exeter police enquiry office is open Monday – Saturday 8am – 6pm. Opening times for the other police enquiry offices taking part in the surrender and more information about handing in firearms and ammunition can be found here: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-services/firearms/firearms-surrender/


Day 1: Guns and ammunition in Devon, incendiary devices in Cornwall

At the end of the first day of the firearms and ammunition surrender (Monday 13 November) in Devon and Cornwall, two rifles, two handguns and a starter pistol had been handed in at Torquay Police Enquiry Office. Also surrendered were 13 rounds of ammunitions and an as yet uncounted quantity of starter pistol rounds. All will be examined and eventually destroyed.

Three incendiary devices were handed in at Camborne. These were deemed non-viable after initial examination and are stored safely and securely until they are collected by Royal Navy EOD.

Results are awaited from the other police enquiry offices participating in the surrender, which runs until 26th November.

Members of the public can remain anonymous when they hand in unwanted firearms or ammunition and do not face arrest for illegal possession at the point of surrender.

We cannot go into further detail about each individual firearm, but hope to give further information about how many items were viable live firearms and how many were decommissioned or of other types at the end of the surrender period.

If you have unwanted firearms or ammunition, or have even a shadow of doubt about the legality anything in your possession, hand it in. You are advised to check the opening times of the police enquiry offices taking part in the surrender at this website: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-services/firearms/firearms-surrender/  #GunSurrender

Some of the items can be seen in our montage image.


A shadow of doubt about the legality of a gun in your possession? Hand it in

Devon & Cornwall Police is asking the public to surrender illegally held or unwanted firearms and ammunition. The surrender period runs from 13 November until 26 November 2017.

During the surrender period those handing in firearms or ammunition will not be arrested for illegal possession at the point of surrender and they can remain anonymous.

The history of each live weapon will be checked for evidence of prior use associated with crime.

Michelle Mounsey, Firearms and Explosives Licensing Manager for the Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police Alliance, said: “We want to take out of circulation any type of firearm and ammunition, which includes guns which can still be fired, antique or unwanted collectible weapons, replica weapons, air weapons, BB guns, stun guns and ammunition that are no longer required.”

“This is an opportunity to surrender firearms and not be charged with illegal possession. Remember that outside of the surrender period if police find you in possession of a firearm without a current certificate then you may be subject of court proceedings which may lead to a custodial sentence.”

Many firearms may be overlooked or forgotten in people’s homes. These include trophies of war which have been inherited from a relative or even stored in the loft with the presumption that they are out of harm’s way, or guns thought to be harmless antiques. All can be handed in.

Some people may possess guns that they do not realise are held illegally. This particularly applies to anyone who is serving or who has served a custodial sentence. Essentially, if anyone has received a suspended/custodial or youth detention sentence of more than three months but less than three years, they cannot possess a firearm or ammunition for five years after release. If the sentence was of three years or more then you would become a prohibited person under the Firearms Act and can never possess any type of firearm or ammunition. This applies to antique items as well.

Michelle said: “These are the essentials of the Firearms Act, but there are further provisos about other sentencing that can affect your status to possess firearms and ammunition and when you must declare these after you have been released. Effectively, that is immediately, otherwise you are committing an offence.

“The message then is clear - if you have even a shadow of doubt about the legality of a weapon or ammunition that you possess we urge you to hand it in during the surrender. We encourage the public to surrender as many guns and rounds of ammunition as possible to be handed in to make our communities safer.”

“During the surrender period those handing in firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession at the point of surrender and they can remain anonymous. However, the history of each live weapon will be checked for evidence of its use in crimes and we will robustly investigate any linked criminality.”

Anyone handing in firearms or ammunition during the surrender period is advised to check the opening times of their nearest participating police enquiry office. Members of the public concerned about transporting items to participating police stations can also seek advice on how to do so by emailing 101@dc.police.uk

Full information about the firearms and ammunition surrender can be found online: www.dc.police.uk/firearms-surrender

Firearms and ammunition must not be left outside any police building if it is closed, nor handed in before or after the surrender period.

If you know of people involved in illegal firearms activity contact the police as above or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. This could provide potentially vital information for preventing or solving serious crimes. Removing an illegally held firearm may save someone’s life.

The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) has released a video promoting the firearms and ammunition surrender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q-3NwCFpsA

Our photos show some of the more interesting items that were handed in during the last firearms surrender in 2014, and the ultimate fate of the majority of the firerarms: cut into unusable pieces, skipped, and sent for scrap.


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