Scores of firearms taken off our streets
MORE than 100 guns have been taken off Lancashire’s streets in the county’s latest firearms amnesty.
There were 115 firearms and several hundred rounds of ammunition handed into Lancashire Constabulary during a two-week surrender, where police forces across the country urged people to “give up the gun”.
During the surrender, which ran from Monday, November 13 until Sunday, November 26, 20 shotguns, four rifles and a number of pistols handed in, along with 21 air weapons/ball bearing guns.
A WWII machine gun and 41 pin fire rounds were also among the haul handed in by members of the public.
Supt Julian Platt, from Lancashire Constabulary, said: “The campaign has shown significant success with members of the public keen to use this opportunity to hand in weapons and work with us to help keep our county safe. Not all of the firearms would have had the potential to be used in serious crime, but some would and the pin fire rounds, in particular, are highly volatile and would be very dangerous in the wrong hands.”
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, said: “I’m delighted that this campaign to remove dangerous firearms from our streets has been a success.
“There are a number of reasons that people may find themselves with a firearm they should not have, potentially through inheritance or legally owned guns they have no more use for – every single weapon which has been handed in is one which will now not fall into the wrong hands.
“I am committed to tackling violent crime and this is an important step in protecting Lancashire’s residents and ensuring that they feel safe and secure in their communities.”
Each firearm handed in will now be assessed by firearms officers, and the majority of them destroyed; the exception being anything of forensic interest or potential museum pieces.
Supt Platt concluded: “I would like to thank the media and public for their support during the two week surrender – our communities really are key to helping us to reduce crime.
“Although the surrender has ended, we’d still welcome information about illegal firearms activity in the county.
“To that end, I would urge anyone with any information to call us on 101 or to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“Every call to Crimestoppers is anonymous and potentially vital to preventing or solving serious crimes; removing an illegally held firearm may just save someone’s life.”
Items handed included: 20 shotguns. 31 air weapons / BB guns.
59 revolvers/pistols (including blank fire). Four rifles. Vickers machine gun (dates from WWII).
The key items of interest for the police force include:
Walther P38 9mm semi–auto pistol. Walther PPK pistol. Beretta 3.80 semi-auto pistol.
Beretta 9mm semi-auto pistol.
Webley No 2 MK 1 .38 revolver. in Corto Mauser pistol. Various replicas, including Walther, Colt and Smith & Wesson;
Various ammo ranging from shotgun cartridges, .357 magnum, 9mm, .38, .45, 7.65, 7.62 rounds to 41 x pin fire rounds.
In total, several hundred live firearms rounds as well as a significant number of shotgun cartridges.
Police display a selection of the firearms pieces that were handed in during the Lancashire county gun surrender