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Over 300 guns and ammunition handed to Kent Police in firearm amnesty

By Ellis Stephenson

Hundreds of guns have been handed in to police in a two-week amnesty.

Police say 308 unwanted or illegally-owned firearms were given to officers during the campaign to stop them falling into the wrong hands.

Almost 10,000 rounds of blank and live ammunition were also surrendered.

More than 300 guns were handed to police during an amnesty. Picture Kent Police

More than 300 guns were handed to police during an amnesty. Picture: Kent Police

The amnesty, which ended on Sunday, gave people the opportunity to get rid of their weapons without being arrested.

In total, 61 air rifles, 46 pistols, 49 revolvers, 73 shotguns, 32 rifles, 36 air pistols, two sub-machine guns, four assault rifles and five gas guns were handed over.

Weapons deemed to have historical value, like a Second World War era FP45 Liberatorf, will be sent to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

"This included antiques, weapons taken from past conflicts, forgotten heirlooms" - Det Ch Sup Rob Fordham

Last year, 104 weapons were surrendered during a similar amnesty.

Detective Chief Superintendent Rob Fordham said: "Our target was to provide a safe place for members of the public to dispose of any unwanted firearms.

"This included antiques, weapons taken from past conflicts, forgotten heirlooms handed down over the generations or unlicensed guns.

"Thanks to an excellent response from the public, we’ve achieved this aim and avoided the possibility that these firearms may have fallen into the wrong hands."

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