Dozens of guns have been taken off the streets of Preston during a two-week long amnesty.Advertisement
Preston Police have been showing off the haul of weapons.
Eight shotguns, 15 air rifles and pistols, a WWII machine gun, eight pistols (trophies of war), 400 rounds of live ammunition and 80 shotgun cartridges are set to be destroyed.
Superintendent Julian Platt said: “The campaign has shown significant success with members of the public keen to use this opportunity to hand in weapons and work with us to help keep our county safe.
“Not all of the firearms would have had the potential to be used in serious crime, but some would and the pin fire rounds in particular, are highly volatile and would be very dangerous in the wrong hands.”
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Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “I’m delighted that this campaign to remove dangerous firearms from our streets has been a success.
“There are a number of reasons that people may find themselves with a firearm they should not have, potentially through inheritance or legally owned guns they have no more use for – every single weapon which has been handed in is one which will now not fall into the wrong hands.
“I am committed to tackling violent crime and this is an important step in protecting Lancashire’s residents and ensuring that they feel safe and secure in their communities.”
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The weapons are now to be assessed by firearms officers and the majority will be destroyed, unless some have forensic interest or museum interest.