Firearms amnesty launched in Derbyshire

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A firearms amnesty has been launched in Derbyshire aimed at preventing guns from falling into the wrong hands.

The operation gives people across the county the opportunity to hand over any firearms or ammunition they may have, including air weapons, replica or imitation weapons, antique firearms or legally-held guns that licence holders no longer want.

Firearms can be handed in with no questions asked at a number of police stations until Friday, November 7, but guns will be checked to establish whether they have been used in any crimes.

Derbyshire’s Assistant Chief Constable, Gary Knighton, said: “Gun crime is continuing to fall across Derbyshire year on year, which is a result of the excellent work we do with our partners to educate people about the dangers of carrying firearms.

“This surrender is part of that continuing work, giving people the chance to hand over guns that they do not want, no longer need, or should not have in the first place.

“Although the number of crimes in our county where a gun has been used is low, we simply cannot be complacent. We will do everything we can to get firearms off the streets.”