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Firearm Surrender

Alert message sent 17/07/2019 16:48:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Firearm Surrender,  20 July Until 4 August

Thames Valley Police is appealing to the public to hand over any unwanted guns during a two week surrender of firearms and ammunition, starting on Saturday 20 July 2019 until Sunday 4 August, as part of a national campaign supported by police in England and Wales.

Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm their local communities. The surrender gives the opportunity to dispose of a firearm or ammunition by simply taking it to a local designated police station and handing it in.

During the campaign period, those handing over firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession - at the point of surrender - and can remain anonymous if they choose to.
The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) coordinated the last national firearms surrender which took place in November 2017 and was deemed a big success with thousands of potentially lethal items prevented from getting into criminal hands.

This summer’s campaign has a particular focus on firearms, stun gun type devices and pepper sprays. Police want to highlight the danger of these items and remind people they are illegal in this country and could lead to a prison sentence for anyone caught in possession.

Anyone handing in a firearm, ammunition or any other weapon during the surrender is advised only visit the police station listed below which has front counter staff to take the surrendered items. Anyone who is unable to visit the station is advised to call 101 to arrange a collection from a home address.

The designated police station to surrender your firearm/ammunition is West Oxfordshire is:

Witney Police Station
Welch Way,
Witney,
Oxfordshire
OX28 6JN

Opening times – 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday
 
Message sent by
Christine Lyle (Police, Neighbourhood Admin, West Oxfordshire)

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