More than 70 guns handed in to Herts Police including rifles, a machine gun and pistols
PUBLISHED: 13:16 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:07 23 November 2017
Members of the public have handed in an arsenal of weapons to Herts Police as part of a firearms amnesty.
The firearms surrender is part of a national campaign and is currently mid way through, running until Sunday.
Dozens of imitation weapons, air rifles, shotguns and rounds of ammunition have been safely surrendered to Herts Police.
Yesterday a wide range of air-powered weapons, starting pistols, shotguns and antique weapons were surrendered, including one haul of 22 weapons.
Members of the public can surrender any firearms during the campaign, anonymously if they wish, without fear of prosecution for firearms licensing offences.
Detective Sergeant Dan Stoddart, who is leading the firearms surrender operation, said: “The campaign has been very successful so far and we have managed to take a significant number of firearms out of public circulation.
“Whilst gun crime is very low in Hertfordshire, the national campaign is a great opportunity to stop guns falling into the wrong hands.
“We are pleased to be able to offer a way for anyone with an unwanted firearm in their possession the opportunity to dispose of it safely.
“There is still time for people to surrender weapons without fear of prosecution for firearms licensing offences.
“People who wish to keep their firearms can also call arrange to apply for the necessary certificates to ensure they are not breaking the law.”
•For more information visit: www.herts.police.uk/surrender
•If you have firearms you would like to discuss getting a certificate for, you should contact the police on: 01707 806126 or email: BedsandHertsFLU@herts.pnn.police.uk.
•If you have a firearm in your possession that you do not want, or are not licensed/certified to own, call 101 to arrange an appointment with one of the specially trained officers.