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AK-47 among guns given up in Kent firearms amnesty

Photo: Kent Police

A Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle is among more than 170 guns handed in to Kent Police during a firearms amnesty campaign.

The initiative ran between Monday 21 January and Wednesday 6 February 2019 to allow people to dispose of unwanted or illegally held firearms or ammunition.

Firearms handed in included pistols, revolvers, shotguns, rifles and air weapons.

172
guns were handed in during the campaign
A Colt ‘New Service’ .445 calibre revolver was surrendered Credit: Kent Police
3,857
rounds of ammunition were handed in

A Colt revolver (pictured above) handed in on the first day of the campaign was made in 1898 and had been used by British and Commonwealth forces until the end of the Second World War.

Three Italian starting pistols and a Walther PPK blank firing replica pistol with some blank rounds were also surrendered.

Every firearm off the streets is another weapon which has been prevented from being potentially used in criminal activity and potentially another life which has been saved. I would like to thank all those residents who used the surrender as an opportunity to hand in their unwanted or illegally held firearms and ammunition."

– Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Holmes, Kent Police