Welsh police urge people to ‘Keep Wales Safe, give up the gun’
The three police forces of Dyfed-Powys, South Wales and Gwent are appealing for people to ‘Keep Wales Safe, give up the gun’ by surrendering any unlicensed or unwanted firearms, with a two week initiative starting today. (Monday 10th November)
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Police are asking members of the public to get in touch regarding any unlawfully held or unwanted firearms and ammunition to help prevent them getting into the wrong hands. It also offers the opportunity for people to safely dispose of firearms that may still have despite an expired certificate or where they are in possession of firearms left over from a family member who may have passed away. During this period, those surrendering firearms and ammunition will not face prosecution for the illegal possession of these items at the time of their collection.
Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. This surrender gives people the chance to dispose of any firearms or ammunition, by arranging collection by police officers and trained staff. The initiative will be held for two weeks from Monday 10th November at 7am until 6pm on Friday 21st November.
South Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland said:
“Thankfully, gun crime is not a part of everyday life in the communities of Dyfed-Powys, South Wales and Gwent, however we are supporting a national initiative to offer people the opportunity to surrender firearms and ammunition that may be unwanted or unlicensed.
“The two week initiative will give people the immunity from prosecution of illegal possession of these items at the time of their surrender and collection by officers. It’s a great opportunity for people to do so and to further remove such items from our communities.
“Licence-holders can be reassured that these measures merely enhance their rights and privileges to own firearms.
“Firearms and ammunition can be surrendered to police by contacting your relevant force on 101 and making arrangements for these items to be collected from their homes at mutually convenient times.”
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