Police collect 313 guns and rifles during amnesty

PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 January 2018

Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte with the guns which had been handed in. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte with the guns which had been handed in. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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The fight against firearms is ‘stronger than ever’ says a police Superintendent after more than 300 guns and rifles were handed in.

Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte with some ammunition and a gun. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte with some ammunition and a gun. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Constabulary invited people to hand in their guns and ammunition during an amnesty fortnight.

The force collected 313 guns and 120 pieces of ammunition from people over the two weeks.

The event allowed people to relinquish their weapons without fear of being prosecuted.

Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte thanked the public for their support.

She added: “Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes but others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks.

“By handing them in to us, every weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm or threaten our communities.”

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