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Dozens Of Firearms Handed Over In Gun Amnesty

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9:19am 20th November 2014

Nearly 100 weapons have been handed into Dorset Police during their two-week gun surrender campaign that ended on Sunday.

Handguns, rifles and shotguns are some of the weapons that people have been surrendering to police over the course of the initiative.

It encouraged anyone who had an illegal firearm to bring it in without the fear of being prosecuted and also aimed to give gun owners the chance to get rid of unwanted weapons.

Operational Support Superintendent Nicky Searle, from Dorset Police, said: "We are extremely pleased at the success of this firearms surrender and would like to thank everyone who took part.

"The vast majority of these surrendered firearms were not being used in criminal activity."

Dorset Police collected 93 firearms as part of plans to stop these guns falling into the wrong hands and keep the level of gun crime in county low.

Individuals taking part in the campaign received an amnesty for possession of the firearm at the point of surrender/handover to a lawful authority. It did not provide immunity from prosecution if the weapon was found to have been used unlawfully.

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