Police have staged a two-week-long firearms amnesty to tackle the national problem of gun crime.
People are being encouraged to give in illegal and unwanted weapons during this 2 week period to the Hampshire police department.
The main aim of the campaign is to reduce the number of illegal weapons that could fall into those who would use it with criminal intent.
A police spokesperson said:
[Some weapons]are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm their local communities. The surrender gives the opportunity to dispose of a firearm or ammunition by simply taking it to a local designated police station and handing it in.
Another purpose of the firearms amnesty is to also create awareness to the changes in the law as by innocently being in the possession of an old antique gun could be breaking the law as well as highlight the fact it is illegal in this country.
This week encourages people to step forward because, according to the same police spokesperson:
During the campaign period, those handing over firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession – at the point of surrender – and can remain anonymous.
The last amnesty that took place in 2017 is regarded as a huge success, with it preventing thousands of lethal weapons from coming on to the streets.
Weapons can be handed in at certain police stations across the county including Southampton Central in Southern Road (every day, 8am-8pm), Winchester Operational Headquarters in Tower Street (Monday to Saturday, 8am-8pm), Lymington Police Station in Southampton Road (Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm).
People unable to visit any of the stations can call 101 and arrange for weapons to be collected from their home.