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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Dozens of guns handed in during firearms amnesty

Almost 60 items were surrendered during the 18-day amnesty period.

Dozens of guns were handed in at police stations across West Yorkshire as part of a force-wide firearms surrender.

The 18-day surrender, held last month, was in support of the National Firearms Surrender which aims to rid the streets of guns.

Almost 60 items were surrendered during the 18-day amnesty period.

Members of the public were encouraged to take firearms and ammunition into police stations where they would be safely disposed of.

People could do this anonymously and without fearing prosecution for possessing an illegal firearm.

The surrender also allowed gave legitimate owners of firearms the opportunity to surrender any unwanted guns or ammunition.

A total of 58 items were surrendered during the 18-day period. This included several shotguns and rifles, handguns and quantities of ammunition.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Burton, who led the firearms surrender, said: “Every firearm that has been handed in is a firearm that cannot now fall into the wrong hands.

“By handing over guns and ammunition during the firearms surrender, people are putting these dangerous items beyond the reach of criminals.

“This firearms surrender has resulted in a number of weapons being taken out of circulation. Even if they were hidden away in a loft or shed, the chances of them one day being used in criminality is higher.

“I would like to thank members of the public for their positive response to this firearms surrender and for making a difference by coming forward.

“We will continue to do all we can to protect the communities of West Yorkshire by reducing the illegal supply and use of firearms.”

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