Police hold firearms amnesty

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POLICE in Durham are staging a week-long firearms amnesty from today.

Firearms legislation has changed recently and police across England and Wales have been asking people to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.

A number of other forces, including Cleveland Police, have already commenced their amnesties and Durham Constabulary’s started this morning and will run until midnight on Sunday, November 16, giving people time to hand them in without the fear of prosecution.

Police recognise many firearms may be held innocently, perhaps following the death of a relative who was the previous legal owner. Surrendering the items avoids the risk of them being involved in the pursuit of crime and allows the police to dispose of them through the proper processes.

People are also encouraged to hand over any replica firearms and weapons.