More than 200 firearms handed over during Cambs Police amnesty

Firearms handed in as part of the gun amnesty.

Firearms handed in as part of the gun amnesty. - Credit: Archant

A gun amnesty has seen 204 items surrendered in 11 days.

The Cambs Police amnesty, which ran from November 10-21, was part of a national operation to help people dispose of guns safely.

Of the 204 items collected, 60 related to ammunition. The firearms surrendered varied from air weapons and imitation muskets to pistols, rifles and shotguns.

Firearms will either be destroyed or, if they are suspected of having been used in crime, investigated.

Superintendent Tony Ixer said: “There is very little gun crime in Cambridgeshire but as part of a coordinated national campaign to stop guns falling into the wrong hands, we joined forces across the country to help people dispose of guns safely.

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“All items will be subject to safe destruction to ensure they remain off the streets. However any firearms suspected of being involved in crime would obviously be subjected to investigation.

“Many of the firearms were surrendered following the passing of an elderly relative, where the owners had no reason to retain the items, and we thank them for doing so.

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“New legislation introduced in July 2014 means that some people who already had firearms in their possession may have been breaking the law. In such cases it is possible that these gun owners were not even aware they were committing an offence.”

The amnesty was only on possession of these weapons during this period, and not an amnesty against all firearms offences.

Anyone wishing to surrender such items should contact police on 101 for advice.

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