Lincs: Police are holding a Firearms Amnesty


Lincs Police are asking the public to hand in their unwanted firearms.

On a daily basis police officers are called to attend reports of people seen in public places with firearms.

And despite the fact that a number of firearms and imitation firearms are handed into Lincs Police each week, there are still unlawfully held firearms in Lincolnshire, be it trophy or antique weapons such as from wars, or firearms which people have acquired from a relative.

To avoid these weapons getting into the wrong hands, and to provide members of the community with a safe place to dispose of any firearms they are unlawfully, or lawfully, in possession of, Lincs Police is holding a Firearms Amnesty starting on Monday 3rd November until Friday 14th November.

During that period, those people surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession, and they will also have the choice to remain anonymous.

Gun crime within Lincolnshire is statistically low, which is a result of continued efforts from the police and they have not held an amnesty for nearly 10 years.

This is just one of a number of measures that is being used to further reduce crime.

Lincs Police want to assure members of the community that the amnesty is not being held due to a rise in gun crime, and they also should not be concerned that the amnesty will be an excuse for people to walk around freely with firearms.

Anyone wishing to hand in a firearm is urged to contact Lincoln police station on 101 and inform them that they will be bringing one in.

Advice will be given as to the safest way to transport the firearm to the police station.

All weapons should be handled with the utmost care, and treated as if they are loaded.