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More than 30 firearms handed in during firearms surrender in Suffolk

More than 30 firearms have been handed in to police in Suffolk following a national surrender on firearms and ammunition. 

The surrender, which ran from Saturday 20 July and Sunday 4 August 2019, encouraged people to hand over their unlicensed and unwanted guns without fear of prosecution. 

In total, 32 firearms were surrendered in Suffolk as well as ammunition. 

Richard Kennett, Firearms Manager for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, said: "The surrender was a success and we’re extremely pleased with how many firearms have been handed in. 

"We had seven shotguns handed in, as well as one rifle, seven air weapons, 11 imitation firearms, five deactivated firearms and one handgun. 

"Although gun crime isn’t a big problem in our counties, it’s important we take measures such as this to reduce the chances of dangerous weapons falling into the wrong hands." 

For further advice on the surrender, please visit www.suffolk.police.uk or contact the Firearms Licensing Unit in in Suffolk on 01473 613681. 

For more details about the firearms legislation changes visit the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) website http://www.nabis.police.uk/Legislation
 

Suffolk Police support national firearms surrender campaign -19/07/19

Suffolk Police are asking people to hand in their guns, as they support a national surrender on firearms and ammunition. 

It will run from 20 July – 4 August 2019 in a bid to reduce the availability of illegal firearms to criminals, reduce the number of illegal firearms within local supply chains and ultimately reduce firearm offences in the county.  

During this time members of the public will be able to hand over unlicensed weapons without fear of prosecution. This includes replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, component parts and other ballistic items currently lawfully held. 

Richard Kennett, Firearms Licensing Manager for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, said: "In Suffolk we permanently encourage and accept the surrender of firearms. However, this campaign is a good opportunity to remind people who may have un-registered, old weapons that they have forgotten about, or have received one through inheritance that they no longer use, what to do with them. 

"Although such weapons aren’t being used for crimes, it’s important that they are handed in to the police to stop them from falling into the wrong hands. 

"Fortunately we don’t have a big problem with gun crime in Suffolk and reducing the amount of illegally owned firearms across the county will help reduce the threat of gun crime even further.” 

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore said: "Illegal firearms can have devastating consequences which is why it is so important we keep them out of the hands of criminals.   
    
"Thankfully gun crime is rare in our county but every weapon that is not licensed or properly stored poses a potential threat, so getting rid of them without fear of prosecution is the right thing to do.
  
"I fully support this national amnesty and would urge anyone who has an unlicensed firearm to take this opportunity to hand it in so it can be safely disposed of.”

Firearms can be surrendered at Public Enquiry Offices in Ipswich, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds, or to the Firearms Licensing Unit at Police Headquarters in Martlesham during office hours.   

Residents should make sure that the firearm is unloaded and covered up, and if possible people are asked to ring the police beforehand on 101 to let officers know that they are bringing a gun in as part of the operation.   

 For further advice on the surrender, please visit  www.suffolk.police.uk >Services>Firearms>Disposal of firearms or contact the Firearms Licensing Unit in Suffolk on 01437 613681.    

For more details about the firearms legislation changes visit the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) website http://www.nabis.police.uk/Legislation