Wiltshire Police urge public to hand in guns and ammunition with firearms surrender

By Jessica Durston - 11 May 2022

Community

Wiltshire Police are joining other forces in Op Aztec - the national firearms surrender - appealing for people to hand in unwanted guns with a two week surrender of firearms and ammunition.

The forces will be running the national firearms surrender until 29 May 2022.

Officers are reminding the public that surrendering unwanted, unlicensed and illegal weapons avoids the risk of them becoming involved in criminality, and means that members of the community can dispose of firearms in a safe place.

The force say many firearms are sometimes 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 taking them to a local police station and handing them over.

During that period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession at the point of surrender and can remain anonymous.

Sergeant Bill Monk from Specialist Operations said: “The fight against gun crime is stronger than ever and we use a variety of tactics to locate weapons that have fallen into the wrong hands – but we need the public’s help. We want as many firearms as possible and would encourage people to hand them in at either Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge, Salisbury or Swindon Police Stations during the opening hours shown on the Force website.

"Nationally firearms crime remains low however there are still very serious incidents involving guns taking place and we are working with partners and our local communities to safeguard, educate and intervene at the earliest opportunity. 

"This two-week surrender is a campaign to prevent firearms from falling into the pool of criminally used weapons.”

Changes to legislation mean it is no longer legal, in some cases, to own specific firearms without a license, if at all.  The Wiltshire Police team say it is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that they meet the relevant ownership requirements.

During the surrender members of the public are encouraged to take firearms into nominated police stations and hand them over the front counter.

Details for the various wiltshire stations can be found below:

SWINDON POLICE STATION

Gablecross, Shrivenham Road, Swindon, SN3 4RB

Opening times Mon-Fri 8:30 - 17:30 Sat 8:30 - 13.00

 

CHIPPENHAM POLICE STATION

Monkton Park, Chippenham, SN15 1ER

Opening times Mon-Fri 8:30 - 17:30

 

MELKSHAM POLICE STATION

Hampton Park West, Melksham, SN12 6QQ

Opening times Mon-Fri 8:30 - 17:30

 

SALISBURY POLICE STATION

Bourne Hill, Salisbury, SP1 3UZ

Opening times Mon-Fri 8:30 - 17:30 Sat 9:00 - 13.00

 

TROWBRIDGE POLICE STATION

Polebarn Road, Trowbridge, BA14 7EP

Opening times Mon-Fri 8:30 - 17:30

 

A spokesperson from Wiltshire Police said: "If you know of people involved in illegal firearms contact Wiltshire Police through the reporting section of the website or call 101."

Members of the public can also report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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