The results of the latest Essex Police firearms surrender has seen over 180 firearms handed in during its two week running period.
The amnesty which ran for 14 days from Monday 13th November and ended on Sunday 26th November included 9,000 rounds of ammunition.
During the the surrender, 69 real guns, 64 imitation guns, 50 air weapons, and one stun gun were handed in.
Det. Chief Supt. Fordham said: “As well as real firearms, we were also keen for [the public] to hand in imitation firearms, air weapons and BB guns.”
“This surrender gave [the public] the opportunity to safely dispose of any unwanted or unlicensed firearms and ammunition, ensuring they do not fall into the wrong hands.”
The amnesty allowed firearms to be handed in without fear of prosecution for illegally possessing them. Basildon, Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Grays, Harlow and Southend Police stations all took part in the surrender.
Once the items are handed in to Police, tests take place to find out about their history and to identify whether or not it had previously been used in crime.
Of the items handed in, including ammunition, 83 items met the criteria to be registered with the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NaBIS). 20 of these also met the criteria to be submitted for tests and a further 35 are still under review.
The 2017 campaign has seen an increase in firearms handed in compared with last year’s surrender which saw 129 firearms handed in.
More than 180 firearms were handed in to us during our #Essexfirearmsurrender.
That's more than the 129 handed in during last year's surrender.
— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) November 30, 2017
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.