Lincolnshire firearms amnesty sees 132 weapons handed over to police

Firearms. Library image.
Firearms. Library image.

Lincolnshire Police have reported that the two week firearms amnesty held between November 3-14 has resulted in a total of 132 weapons being handed in across the county, including revolvers, pistols, rifles and shotguns.

During the period of the amnesty there was a steady flow of weapons handed into to a number of police stations around the county. People took the opportunity to hand in their unwanted or illegally held weapons without fear of prosecution.

Chief Inspector Phil Baker said: “We’re happy that people have made the most of the opportunity to hand in these weapons, and 132 is a significant number to have removed from circulation.

“Lincolnshire is a rural farming county so there are many reasons why people may have firearms in their possession. What’s encouraging is the fact the amnesty has made people think about whether they need to hold on to these weapons, and whether they have the legal right to do so.

“Having 132 less firearms within the county means that there are 132 less opportunities for them to get into the wrong hands and be used for criminal activity. Something which ultimately makes Lincolnshire a safer place”.

Chief Inspector Baker added: “I’d like to thank everyone who handed in a firearm for doing so, and everyone who helped us to publicise our campaign so well”.

Anyone who still holds an unwanted or illegally held firearms is encouraged to hand it in, and it will be dealt with according to its circumstances.