Aim­ing for a safer fu­ture

Firearms sur­ren­der hailed a suc­cess

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Picture Special - Shirley Bar­tynek

Dozens of un­wanted firearms or air weapons, along with am­mu­ni­tion, are now off the streets of La­nark­shire.

Po­lice Scot­land seized a to­tal of 22 firearms, 66 air weapons and 15 lots of am­mu­ni­tion dur­ing their two-week amnesty.

The pub­lic were en­cour­aged to sur­ren­der firearms and am­mu­ni­tion at po­lice sta­tions across county as part of the Firearms Sur­ren­der Cam­paign.

From June 18 un­til July 1, peo­ple in pos­ses­sion of firearms and am­mu­ni­tion for which they do not hold a valid cer­tifi­cate, were given the op­por­tu­nity to sur­ren­der them to po­lice.

In ad­di­tion to this, the pub­lic were able to hand over replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, im­i­ta­tion firearms, com­po­nent parts and other bal­lis­tic items.

The Scot­land-wide cam­paign saw a to­tal of 474 firearms, 690 air weapons and 337 lots of am­mu­ni­tion handed over dur­ing the fort­night.

Sig­nif­i­cant weapons handed into sta­tions across the coun­try in­cluded a ma­chine gun, an AK47 as­sault ri­fle and a World War I pistol.

In­spec­tor Derek Hamil­ton said: “The cam­paign has been a huge suc­cess across the area.

“Pro­tect­ing the pub­lic is at the fore­front of polic­ing, and re­duc­ing the num­ber of il­le­gal or un­wanted firearms low­ers the risk of harm within our com­mu­ni­ties.

“Al­though the sur­ren­der cam­paign has now come to an end, we con­tinue to work to re­move il­le­gally-held weapons cir­cu­lat­ing across La­nark­shire.”

Jus­tice sec­re­tary Humza Yousaf said: “This suc­cess­ful firearms sur­ren­der cam­paign has seen the re­moval of over 1500 un­wanted weapons from our com­mu­ni­ties – stop­ping them fall­ing into the wrong hands.

“Whilst firearms of­fences are at his­tor­i­cally low lev­els in Scot­land, we will con­tinue to work with Po­lice Scot­land to keep Scot­land’s streets safe.”

Re­duc­ing the num­ber of il­le­gal or un­wanted firearms low­ers the risk of harm within our com­mu­ni­ties

Cam­paign In­spec­tor Derek Hamil­ton with some of the re­cov­ered weapons

Po­ten­tial for trou­ble These weapons are now off the streets

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