An Essex Police firearms surrender has seen 122 firearms handed in during its first week. The amnesty runs until Sunday, 26th November 2017.
During the first seven days of the surrender, 122 firearms were handed in – 63 real firearms, 58 imitation or air weapons and a stun gun.
Firearms can be handed into one of eight police stations around the county between 9am and 4.30pm – Basildon, Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Grays, Harlow and Southend.
You can also use the 101 service to arrange for a police officer to collect the weapon.
The 2017 campaign has been running from Monday 13th November and will end on Sunday 26th November.
Any member of the public surrendering firearms during this period will not face prosecution for illegally possessing them and can do so anonymously.
Detective Chief Superintendent Rob Fordham said: “In the last three years we’ve seen a concerning rise in the number of offences involving a firearm – from 768 to 900.”
“This surrender will give [the public] the opportunity to safely dispose of any unwanted or unlicensed firearms and ammunition, ensuring they do not fall into the wrong hands.”
We’re running a two-week firearms surrender and we want you to hand in any unwanted or unlicensed firearms. This includes antique or trophy of war weapons you may have inherited from a family member. Find out more on our website: https://t.co/zA2UIwG6XF pic.twitter.com/gGS45UGtsh
— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) November 14, 2017
Det. Chief Supt. Fordham added: “As well as real firearms, we are also keen for [the public] to hand in imitation firearms, air weapons and BB guns.”
Changes to the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 now prohibits members of the public from possessing firearms or ammunition for a period of five years if you have previously served custodial or suspended sentences of between three months and three years.
Essex Police ran a similar surrender in 2016 between October 31st and November 11th, and a total of 129 firearms were handed in.