Notts Police are holding a fortnight long amnesty to appeal for people to hand in guns and ammunition.
The amnesty will be held between 3rd-17th March and aims to provide members of the community with a safe place to dispose of unlawfully held weapons.
The Force said these are often overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes, but those surrendering weapons during the amnesty will not face prosecution for illegal possession and can remain anonymous.
However, the history of each live weapon will be checked for evidence of its use in crimes.
Det Chf Insp Mick Luke said: “Gun crime in Notts has fallen since the last amnesty we held back in 2004, which is a result of continued efforts from the Force and our partners.”
“There was one fatal shooting last year and it was one death too many- we want as many weapons as possible and would encourage people to hand them in.”
They will then be advised on how to best transport the weapon responsibly from home to the police station.
The weapons and ammunition will be taken over the counter at Worksop and Retford police stations.
If you know of people involved in illegal firearms call Notts Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.