Uzi machine gun handed in to Kent Police as part of a two-week firearms surrender

Contributed by editor on Aug 05, 2019 - 06:30 PM


Shotguns, pistols and a deactivated machine gun were among the items handed in to Kent Police as part of a two-week firearms surrender.

A total of 111 weapons and more than 1,800 rounds of ammunition were reported as given up for destruction between Saturday 20 July and Sunday 4 August 2019.

Among the firearms handed in were:
• 34 genuine firearms (including one pistol, five revolvers, 26 shotguns and two rifles);
• 37 air weapons;
• 13 BB guns;
• 24 imitation firearms;
• 1 deactivated Uzi 9mm sub-machine gun.

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, taking the grand total for the year to 283 firearms and around 5,800 rounds of ammunition.

During the surrender periods, those handing in items did not face prosecution for illegal possession at the point of surrender and were able to remain anonymous if they wished.

Superintendent Mick Gardner of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: ‘Many of the firearms handed in would have been innocently held without the owner knowing they were illegal, or long-forgotten family heirlooms such as antiques from military conflicts.

‘Criminals are not concerned with where their weapons come from as long as they can use them to injure others or cause fear of violence, even if the firearms in question are replicas or have since been deactivated so they can no longer be fired.

‘That is why surrenders such as this are so important, as a firearm in the wrong hands can cause untold damage within our communities. I would like to thank everyone who has handed a weapon into us over the past fortnight and helped make our communities even safer than they already are.’

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