On a daily basis police officers are called to attend reports of people seen in public places with firearms.
Despite the fact that a number of firearms and imitation firearms are handed into Lincolnshire Police each week, there are still unlawfully held firearms in Lincolnshire; be it trophy or antique weapons from wars, or firearms which people have acquired from a relative and so on.
To avoid these weapons getting into the wrong hands, and to provide members of the community with a safe place to dispose of any firearms they are unlawfully, or lawfully, in possession of, Lincolnshire Police is holding a firearms amnesty between November 3-14. During that period, those people surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession, and they also have the choice to remain anonymous.
Gun crime within Lincolnshire is statistically low, which is a result of continued efforts from the force. An amnesty has not been held by Lincolnshire Police for nearly ten years. It is just one of a number of measures that is being used to further reduce crime.
Lincolnshire Police say the amnesty is not being held due to a rise in gun crime, and assure people should not be concerned that the amnesty will be an excuse for people to walk around freely with firearms. Anyone wishing to hand in a firearm is urged to contact one of the police stations below and inform them that they will be bringing one in. Advice will be given as to the safest way to transport the firearm to the police station. All weapons should be handled with the utmost care, and treated as if they are loaded.
The main collecting police stations are: Lincoln, Grantham, Boston and Skegness.
Call 101 and ask to be put through to any of these police stations.