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Dozens of firearms handed in to Wiltshire police

Two handguns are among firearms handed in. Photo: Wiltshire Police

Dozens of guns are among more than 100 items handed in to Wiltshire police in the first week of a firearms surrender. They include 14 shotguns, 13 pistols, 12 air rifles, one antique musket and an empty 1916 tear gas grenade. Ammunition has also been collected with some of the firearms.

The force is half way through a two week surrender, which runs until Sunday 26 November, and is appealing for people to hand over unlicensed or unwanted firearms and ammunition.

An empty tear gas grenade from 1916 was handed in. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police are calling it a surrender rather than an amnesty. Owners are granted immunity from prosecution for possession. But all weapons will be checked by forensics officers to see if they've been used in past crimes.

The number of firearms handed in to Wiltshire Police in the first week of the surrender is more than three times the number handed in at this point during the last firearm surrender in 2015.

“I’m very pleased with the response we’ve had from the public so far and by the number of weapons that have been handed in to us.

“During the surrender we want people to hand in illegally-held guns and ammunition, those used for criminal purposes or that you have been asked to hide for someone else. We will also accept other unwanted guns and ammunition including air guns and imitations firearms.

“One weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm or threaten our communities.”

– Insp Barry Hickman, Wiltshire Police