150 Guns In 12 Days
18 November 2014, 06:33
Derbyshire Police reckon some of the 150 guns given into them as part of their firearms amnesty easily had the potential to kill.
Officers gave people the chance to give up any real, fake, toy or antique guns or ammunition during a 12-day operation.
The aim was to cut the number of firearms in public circulation and reduce the risk of them falling into the hands of criminals.
Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton said:
'The aim of this firearms surrender was to get guns off the streets and out of public circulation.
'Those 153 firearms are 153 that now cannot fall into the hands of criminals and be used to commit crime in Derbyshire.'
Hand Grenades and Ammunition
People handed in 41 shotguns, five pistols, 12 revolvers, ten replica revolvers, 35 starter or air pistols, 19 BB guns and 19 air rifles.
Four antique replica guns were also handed in, along with more than 9,300 rounds of ammunition and three deactivated hand grenades.
As part of the campaign, Derbyshire Constabulary produced a series of videos, two of which highlighted the difficulties officers face when telling the difference between real and fake guns.