Norfolk police urge people to get shot of guns

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Police are asking people to get shot of their guns, as they launch an amnesty on firearms and ammunition.

The amnesty runs from Monday to November 21 in a bid to reduce the risk of guns falling into the wrong hands. During that period people will be able to hand over unlicensed weapons without fear of prosecution.

Stephen Bett, Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk Constabulary, said: “I welcome this move. As well as those legal firearms across Norfolk, we know that there are a lot of unregistered guns, perhaps in people’s lofts or garages. This is an opportunity for people who do have such firearms to bring them to the constabulary to be dealt with appropriately and I would urge people to take advantage of the amnesty.”

The gun amnesty comes following changes to legislation which has seen the maximum sentence for owning an illegal gun increased. It also means some gun owners who were previously able to hold a firearm may no longer be legally allowed to do so.

People can surrender their firearms at any police station in Norfolk and Suffolk during the amnesty. They should make sure that their gun is unloaded and covered up, and if possible people are asking to ring police beforehand on 101 to let them know that they will be bringing a gun in.