Police have promised not to prosecute anyone in East Devon handing in illegal guns during a two-week amnesty beginning this week.
Devon and Cornwall Police has been prompted to run a gun and ammunition amnesty, from Saturday, July 20 until Sunday, August 4, in support of a national campaign; the surrender, organised by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NaBIS), allows the anonymous disposal of firearms or ammunition, handing over weapons at dedicated police stations.
Police said most weapons or ammunition in the home were held in ignorance or innocence; shotguns or rifles for which the licence has expired, handguns brought back into the country from the First and Second World War, or other items kept as collectibles.
Weapons and ammunition can be surrendered at any participating police station; anyone handing in a firearm, ammunition or any other weapon during the surrender, is advised to check the opening times of their station.
Weapons or ammunition must not be left outside a police station if it is closed.
Also accepted will be replica guns, airsoft guns, BB guns and anything imitating a real weapon that could be used to threaten and intimidate.
Electrical stun weapons such as a police Taser, bought online or abroad, are illegal in the UK and can be handed in.
All weapons passed to police will be checked for any evidence of criminality and destroyed.
Anyone taking guns or ammunition to the police station will not be prosecuted during the amnesty period.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the amnesty would stop firearms getting into the wrong hands and prevent gun crime.
Michelle Mounsey, firearms and explosives licensing manager for the Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police Alliance, said: “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.
“One weapon taken out of potential circulation is one less that can be used to harm or threaten our communities.”
If you know of people in possession of or involved in illegal firearms, email Devon and Cornwall Police at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
All ten police enquiry offices in Devon and Cornwall are taking part in the surrender.
The public is advised to check the station is open before transporting firearms or ammunition. If you have concerns about transportation of firearms, email the force for advice.
Police stations where weapons or ammunition can be handed in are:
Exeter: 8am -6pm Monday to Saturday. Not open Sundays
Torquay: 8am -6pm Monday to Saturday . Not open Sundays
Charles Cross, Plymouth: 8am–6pm Monday to Saturday. Not open Sundays
Crownhill, Plymouth: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Not open Saturdays and Sundays. Closed for meal breaks 1.15pm -2pm
Barnstaple: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Not open Saturdays and Sundays. Closed for meal breaks 1.15pm -2pm
Bodmin: 9am -5pm Monday to Friday. Not open Saturdays and Sundays. Closed for meal breaks 1.15pm -2pm
Camborne: 9am -5pm Monday to Friday. Not open Saturdays and Sundays. Closed for meal breaks 1.15pm-2pm
St Austell: 9am -5pm Monday to Friday. Not open Saturdays and Sundays. Closed for meal breaks 1.15pm -2pm
Truro: 9am -5pm Monday to Friday. Not open Saturdays and Sundays. Closed for meal breaks 1.15pm -2pm