People in Kent urged to hand in stun guns and pepper spray during national firearms surrender

Contributed by editor on Jul 20, 2019 - 01:25 PM


Kent Police is actively supporting a national campaign aimed at encouraging people to surrender unwanted firearms, stun guns and pepper sprays.

The two-week firearms surrender offers people the opportunity to dispose of unwanted or illegally held guns and ammunition between Saturday 20 July and Sunday 4 August 2019.

During this campaign people are being reminded that the possession of pepper spray and stun guns is illegal and can be handed over to police during the surrender. In addition to this firearms and ammunition can be taken to nominated police stations where they can be disposed of. This includes replica and antique firearms, air weapons, imitation firearms including BB guns, component parts and other ballistic items.

The surrender is an opportunity to dispose of unwanted, unlicensed weapons in a safe place and avoid the risk of them falling into the wrong hands.

This is the second time the force has promoted a firearms surrender this year. Between 21 January and 6 February, 172 firearms and around 4,000 rounds of ammunition were handed in to Kent Police.

During this period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession at the point of surrender and can remain anonymous if they choose to.

Superintendent Mick Gardner of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: ‘This is a good opportunity to hand in devices such as stun guns and pepper sprays and stop them from getting into the wrong hands. As they are available to order online it is highly likely that there are a number of people who possess them and are completely unaware that it is a criminal offence to do so.

‘In other cases there may be firearms that are held innocently with owners unaware of their illegality, or are overlooked heirlooms forgotten in people’s homes.

‘Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm communities. This a good opportunity for those individuals to dispose of them without fear of being prosecuted for illegal possession. In handing over a firearm to us, you are preventing it from getting into the wrong hands and you could be saving someone’s life.

‘This is an excellent opportunity to remove potential harm to others and protect your community.’

During the surrender the public can hand firearms to the front counter at the following police stations:

· Folkestone
· Margate
· Ashford
· Canterbury
· Tonbridge
· Maidstone
· North Kent
· Medway
· Sittingbourne

Please check the opening times of the station you wish to visit by visiting the Kent Police website before attending

People wishing to dispose of an unwanted firearms or ammunition who cannot attend the above stations should call 101 to arrange collection.

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