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Fight against firearms is ‘strong than ever’ as police collect 313 guns

PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 January 2018

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

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The police have collected more than 300 firearms in a fortnight from the public.

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

Avon and Somerset Constabulary held an amnesty fortnight in November and invited people to hand in their guns and ammunition without fear of prosecution.

In total, 313 guns were surrendered along with 120 pieces of ammunition.

Rifles, shotguns, revolvers, flare guns, air rifles and pistols were among the firearms handed in.

Theyhave been destroyed to prevent further use.

Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte said: “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.

“The fight against gun crime is stronger than ever and we are working with partners and our communities to safeguard, educate and intervene at the earliest opportunity.”

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