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Last Weekend Of Weapons Amnesty In Dorset

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9:01am 15th November 2014

It's the last chance today (15th Nov) for local gun owners to hand over any illegal firearms to Dorset Police as part of their 'Gun Surrender Campaign'.

They've already had over 60 different weapons handed in that include shotguns, rifles and revolvers.

Weymouth police station stops accepting guns at 4:30pm.

Police accept a lot of firearms are inherited and during the campaign there's an amnesty if they're handed over lawfully, but if the gun's been used unlawfully then they will prosecute owners.

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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