South Wales Police is calling on the public to hand in unwanted guns as part of a national two-week surrender of firearms and ammunition, starting on 13th November 2017.
Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten and intimidate their local communities. The surrender gives people the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition by simply taking them to a local police station and handing them over.
The surrender will be held for two weeks in November 2017. Surrendering unwanted, unlicensed weapons avoids the risk of them becoming involved in criminality and means that members of the community can dispose of firearms in a safe place.
During that period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous.
Chief Inspector Daryl Fahey of South Wales Police specialist operations said: “The fight against gun crime is stronger than ever and we are working with partners and our local communities to safeguard, educate and intervene at the earliest opportunity.
“We use various tactics to locate weapons that have fallen into the wrong hands – but we need the public’s help. We want as many weapons as possible and would encourage people to hand them in.
“If you know where a weapon is being kept illegally, now is your chance to give up the gun, or tell us anonymously where it is. You will not be prosecuted and you could save a life.
“Serious incidents involving firearms in South Wales are thankfully rare. But one weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm or threaten our communities. We will use all of the powers and information available to us to locate this criminality and put a stop to it for good.”
Weapons and ammunition can be surrendered at anyone of our 8 staffed police stations. Anyone handing in a firearm, ammunition or any other weapon during the surrender is advised to check the opening times of their station by visiting the police website, chat to us over social media or calling 101.
If you know of people involved in illegal firearms call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.