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City of London Police take part in firearms surrender to reduce the threat of gun crime in London

The City of London Police, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service, are appealing for people to hand over their illegal, or unwanted, guns during a national fortnight of firearms and ammunition surrender.

The national surrender initiative is being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) and will run from Saturday 20 July to Sunday 4 August 2019. Bishopsgate police station (EC2M 4NP) is the designated station for people to surrender weapons and ammunition in the City.

During the two-week period, those handing over firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession and can remain anonymous. However, the public should be reassured that the police will continue to vigorously investigate criminal offences linked to any firearm recovered.

Chief Superintendent Glenn Maleary, from the City of London Police, said:

“This two week surrender is a campaign dedicated to clearing dangerous firearms from our streets. By handing in firearms and ammunition to police, together we can avoid weapons getting into the wrong hands.

“Too often we come across friends, families and partners being asked to look after firearms for someone else. These individuals often believe they won’t be arrested or prosecuted because it is not their gun and they have no intention of using it.

“If someone asks you to carry or conceal a weapon for them, they are shifting the responsibility and risk to you. If you’re caught in possession of a firearm you will be jailed for a minimum of five years. If you’re convicted of possessing a firearm with intent, the sentence will be much longer.  

“This surrender will provide members of the community with a safe place to dispose of any firearms or ammunition they have in their possession. This includes registered weapons that they no longer want, antique weapons of which the licence has expired, and illegal weapons such as imitation firearms, air guns, Tasers, stun guns and CS gas.

“Each firearm we retrieve helps to reduce the threat of gun crime in London.”

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