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More than 100 guns handed over to Devon and Cornwall Police in latest amnesty campaign

Devon and Cornwall Police ran a 'gun surrender' campaign. Photo: ITV News

More than 100 unwanted firearms were handed in to Devon and Cornwall Police during the force's latest surrender campaign

The aim of the programme was to take weapons off the streets and prevent them ending up in the wrong hands.

Over the two week period, shotguns, air rifles and handguns were voluntarily handed in by people, who could do so without fear of being arrested.

Different types of weapons were handed in to police stations. Credit: ITV News

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.

– Michelle Mounsey, Devon and Cornwall Police

The surrender, which ran from July 20 to August 4, was instigated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), and supported by other forces around the country, including Dorset Police.

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

The guns have been taken out of circulation and disposed of. Credit: ITV News

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 rifle: 37
  • Air pistols: 10
  • Starter pistols: 11
  • BB guns: 8
  • Flare guns: 3
  • Replicas: 2