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10 Guns Handed Over In Dorset

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9:28am 7th November 2014

10 firearms including handguns and a single barrel shotgun have been handed into Dorset Police so far, as part of their gun amnesty.

The campaign was launched on Monday (3rd November).

The Police say they accept some firearms are inherited but they say if guns have been used unlawfully then they will prosecute owners.

The two-week campaign is aimed at making sure unwanted firearms don't fall into criminal hands.

Anyone wishing to surrender a firearm in Dorset can do so by visiting the following police stations between 8am and 11pm up until Sunday 16 November 2014:

- Weymouth: 8am to 4pm Monday-Friday, 9am to 1pm/2pm to 4.30pm Saturday

- Wareham: 10am to 1pm/2pm to 3.30pm Tuesday to Friday

Operational Support Superintendent Nicky Searle, from Dorset Police, said: "We acknowledge that the vast majority of firearms owned in Dorset are legally held and responsibly used.

"However, from time to time members of the public acquire firearms either as a result of inheriting them or, in some cases, as a result of changes to legislation when legally held weapons become illegally held weapons.

"In order to ensure that firearms do not end up in wider circulation and potentially become available for unlawful or criminal use, Dorset Police is participating in a national firearms surrender campaign."

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