Police offer amnesty over illegal firearms
Items can be given up without fear of prosecution
POLICE are offering an amnesty to anyone who hands in illegal weapons at stations across Bucks.
Thames Valley Police will not prosecute those who surrender firearms or ammunition before 10pm on Sunday.
The campaign, to reduce the number of illegally held weapons in circulation, has been running since Monday last week.
Unlicensed guns, bullets, old or antique firearms, or illegal weapons, can be handed to police without fear of prosecution.
The maximum jail term for possessing an illegal gun increased in July 2014 from 10 years to life.
Leading the campaign, Chief Inspector Lindsay James said: “The aim of the two-week firearms surrender is to stop guns getting into the wrong hands.
“Every gun given up is one less that criminals can use.
“Licence holders can be reassured that these measures merely enhance their rights and privileges to own firearms, by removing illegal ones.”
Licence holders are also encouraged to surrender weapons they no longer have a use for.
The amnesty can be used to get rid of firearms left by a family member who has died.
Mr James added: “Although year on year crime figures show that firearm crime has reduced in Thames Valley in the last three years, authorities believe that the change in legislation which came into effect on July 14 means a number of firearms will be held by people in innocence and ignorance of their illegality.
“It is important to emphasise that guns suspected to have previously been used in crimes, will be investigated.”
Weapons handed in to front counters will be forensically examined and
It is important to emphasise that guns suspected
to have previously been used in crimes, will be investigated”
information sent to National Ballistics Intelligence Service where appropriate.
Recent changes to firearms legislation included tightened the law on antique firearms.
Anyone who has served or received a criminal sentence can no longer possess an antique gun.
Sentencing guidelines for possession for sale or transfer of an unauthorised firearm or ammunition have also been raised.
This offence now carries a maximum penalty of life.
Guns can be dropped off at Aylesbury police station between 8am and 10pm, High Wycombe police station from 8am to 10pm and Maidenhead police station between 8am and 10pm.