Gun amnesty is hailed a success

Cease fire: Some of the firearms handed into police. Below, crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw
Cease fire: Some of the firearms handed into police. Below, crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw
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Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner has called the force’s gun amnesty a success, after more than 100 weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition were recovered.

Of the 103 guns surrendered to officers last month, 46 were shotguns, 41 were air guns and pistols, as well as five rifles.

Clive Grunshaw police and crime commissioner

Clive Grunshaw police and crime commissioner

More than 3,400 rounds of ammunition were passed to police.

The figures, only released today following the two-week amnesty in November, were praised by crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

He said: “I am delighted the gun surrender proved such a success.

“Every single weapon which has been handed in is one which will now not fall into wrong hands. That’s an important step toward protecting Lancashire’s residents.

“The consequences of possessing a weapon illegally are severe, and while the volume of guns and ammunition that was out there illegally in Lancashire is concerning, it is pleasing the message is getting through to people.”

Other items handed to police included eight revolvers and three self-loading pistols, as well as various sizes of live ammunition.

A spokesman for Lancashire police added: “Some items may be submitted to NABIS (National Ballistics Intelligence Service), and after any evidential issues have been explored the majority of the items will be destroyed.

“However, there are some historical pieces, including First World War weapons and several rare American produced guns, that the force will donate to organisations including the Royal Armouries and accredited government proof houses.”