North Yorkshire Police are urging members of the public to hand in any unlicensed, unwanted or illegal guns and knives as part of a focussed campaign.
The force are joining the national activity in which people can surrender weapons anonymously and without the threat of prosecution.
They hope it will give residents a safe place to dispose of firearms and prevent any illegal weapons becoming involved in criminality.
The campaign for firearms starts today (12th May) and will run until 29th May.
A police spokesperson said:
“Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes.
“Some are held legally and are no longer required. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten, and intimidate their local communities.
“The surrender gives people the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition by simply taking them to a local police station and handing them over.”
During the surrender, North Yorkshire Police want people to hand in:
- Illegally-held guns and ammunition
- Imitation firearms and air guns
- Other unwanted guns and ammunition including air guns and imitations
- Tasers, stun guns, CS gas, etc.
- Firearms you may have been asked to hide for someone else
If someone is unable to travel or have concerns about transporting a firearm to a police station, they should contact police via 101 to seek advice.
In addition to the firearms surrender, ‘Operation Sceptre’ will run from 16th May to 22th May.
Operation Sceptre is a coordinated week of activity where police forces across the country help keep knives off the streets and deter people from carrying them, and through information and intelligence, proactively target knife related offences.
As part of this activity, members of the public are encouraged to dispose of any unwanted knives in knife amnesty bins, which will be in Harrogate, York, Scarborough, Malton, Skipton, Selby Northallerton and Richmond police stations between 16th and 22nd May.
Assistant Chief Constable Elliot Foskett, said:
“That’s why we are totally committed to taking as many items which could be used as weapons off our streets as possible, ensuring our communities are as safe from harm as possible because we want North Yorkshire to remain the safest place to live and work.
“I want people to take advantage of this campaign and know they are disposing of a potentially dangerous item in the safest way possible, without getting into any trouble. It’s a chance to do the right thing and a chance to potentially save a life”.