23 guns handed into the police

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A Sussex Police firearms amnesty resulted in 23 guns being handed in to the police in Hastings.

Between November 10 and November 21, nine shotguns, eight air weapons, three pistols and three revolvers were given over to local police.Across Sussex, 58 handguns, 17 rifles, 53 airguns and 104 shotguns were handed in, along with almost 1,000 shotgun cartridges and more than 4,000 bullets and other types of ammunition.

Each of them has been examined and made safe by trained firearms officers.

The surrender was launched as an opportunity for those whose licence had lapsed or who do not hold a license to dispose of their weapons and ammunition safely and without prosecution.

Chief superintendent Paul Morrison, head of operations command across Sussex Police and Surrey Police, said: “The surrender has led to many firearms being taken out of circulation.

“And although there’s no suggestion that any were involved in crime, all of them had the potential to be dangerous if they fell into the wrong hands.

“I am grateful to all those who handed in firearms and ammunition.

“They have helped us make Sussex and Surrey even safer by reducing the chance of criminals getting their hands on weapons.”

The surrender was part of a nationwide operation being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service. The organisation analyses guns and ballistic material for police forces across the United Kingdom.

New legislation that came into effect on July 14 this year increased the maximum jail term for illegal gun possession from 10 years to life.

The legislation also changes the list of those who can possess firearm and ammunition.

It also includes a list of non-firing weapons that can be made viable by people with ballistics knowledge.

For more nformation on the legislation visit www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/12/part/8/enacted.