Pump-action shotgun and a grenade are among big haul of weapons surrendered to police during amnesty

A total of 119 guns were handed to police in the space of a fortnight during a firearms amnesty in Devon and Cornwall.

The haul of handguns, shotguns, rifles and pistols surrendered in both counties, pictured above, is now destined for destruction.

A hand grenade with its pin out was among the items left with officers – but it was empty.

Residents were urged to give up weapons and ammunition to Devon and Cornwall Police between July 20 and August 4.

Some 24 shotguns, including a pump-action incarnation, 15 handguns, 37 air rifles, 10 air pistols, 11 starter pistols, and nine rifles were handed over.

Eight BB guns, three flare guns and two replicas were also taken in.

Michelle Mounsey, head of the Alliance Firearms and Explosives Licensing department for Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police, said: “As a result of this firearms surrender, all of these items are now permanently out of potential circulation.

“While not every firearm is owned with the intent of criminal activity, every firearm can become a weapon in the wrong hands. Removing the guns from circulation reduces the risk of danger to public safety.

“The campaign was an opportunity for anyone to hand in illegal, unregistered or unwanted firearms without risk of arrest at the point of surrender.

“While the campaign is now over, I would encourage anyone in possession of a firearm or ammunition that they no longer want to contact us for safe disposal.”

The national campaign, instigated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), was supported by police forces around the country.

Guns were voluntarily surrendered at all 10 police enquiry offices in Devon and Cornwall.

Information about firearms and  and explosives licensing in Devon and Cornwall can be found here.

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