Firearms amnesty gets underway

Gun amnesty
Gun amnesty

People can hand in illegal weapons during a two week amnesty across the county.

The amnesty, which started on Monday, November 10, is running in line with a national initiative to reduce the number of weapons on streets across the country. It ends on Friday, November 21.

Chief Insp Gavin Hughes-Rowlands said: “Firearms offences have actually reduced by more than a third across the county over the past five years. But, despite the fact that firearms and imitation weapons are handed into police or seized on a weekly basis, there are still unlawfully held firearms in Bedfordshire.

“These can include historic ‘trophy’ weapons from wars or firearms that people have acquired from a relative or friend.”

New legislation means that some people who already have firearms may now be breaking the law and could face up to five years in prison if caught.

Firearms can be surrendered at Greyfriars Police Station in Bedford or Luton Police Station or to arrange collection call 101.