Twenty items have been handed into police stations in North Wales in the first week of a national firearms surrender.
Shotguns, air weapons and ammunition have been handed over across the region as part of the nationwide amnesty campaign which continues until Sunday.
In Anglesey and Gwynedd, firearms and ammunition can be handed in safely and anonymously at Bangor, Caernarfon and Holyhead police stations without prosecution for illegal possession. But officers said each live weapon would be checked for any evidence of their use in crimes.
Detective Superintendent Steve Williams said: ”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.”
”It is pleasing that we have already had firearms and ammunition surrendered to us and this just shows just how invaluable surrender operations such as this can be. It doesn’t matter if the firearms are real, imitations, antiques or fully licenced guns that the licence holder no longer needs – we want them all to be handed in to us.”
”Fortunately North Wales does not have a significant gun crime problem, however we are not complacent about gun crime, which is why we are involved with the national surrender. We want as many guns surrendered as possible and I would encourage the public to continue to come forward in this manner.”
The National Ballistics Intelligence Service said many firearms were held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or were overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. But others were being brought and distributed by criminal networks to threaten to harm local communities.
Anyone with information about the use or possession of illegal firearms is urged to contact North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.