A firearms amnesty has been launched in South Yorkshire today in a bid to rid the streets of guns and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.
During the 12-day amnesty tests will be carried out on the guns handed in to establish whether they have been used in criminality.
Detective Chief Inspector DCI Zaf Ali, who is running the amnesty, said: “Gun crime in South Yorkshire is relatively low and accounts for only 0.2 per cent per cent of all crime in the county, but as far as I am concerned we need this figure to be non-existent to keep our streets safe.
“The amnesty provides an opportunity for people who hold an illegal firearm to dispose of it safely and quickly with no fear of being prosecuted for possession of the weapon.
“It also offers people the chance to safely dispose of a firearm if it’s been passed down as a family heirloom and is no longer wanted.
“Any firearm can be handed in during the amnesty, including but not limited to, air weapons, BB guns, handguns, antique firearms, component parts, ammunition and imitation firearms, which will all be accepted.
“I would encourage people to take advantage of the amnesty and hand in any gun or ammunition that is unwanted or illegally owned. Every gun given up is one less that can end up in potential criminal circulation.”
New legislation has also been introduced this year regarding the ownership of antique guns.
It is now illegal for anyone with a criminal record to own an antique firearm.
Firearms can be handed in at Snig Hill, Moss Way and Ecclesfield police stations in Sheffield, College Road in Doncaster, Churchfields in Barnsley and Main Street in Rotherham.