weapon amnesty launched by police in Burnham-On-Sea
in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being urged to hand
in firearms and knives during a special amnesty being held across
Somerset this month.
can dispose of their weapons at police stations across Somerset,
including Burnham any weekday between 10am and 6pm from November
17th until November 30th.
or bladed articles can be left in special bins, but firearms must
be handed in at the front desk. Anyone surrendering a gun or knife
will not face prosecution for illegal possession, although they
will be checked for evidence to see if they have been used in
amnesty is being held across Somerset and is being supported by
the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) and the Association
of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to encourage local people who
wish to safely dispose of a firearm or knife.
firearms are held by members of the public who may not realise
they are illegal. Some may have inherited the items from relatives
and think that the age of weapon means it legal.
Inspector Debbie Palmer-Lawrence, Operational Policing, Policy
and Support at Avon and Somerset Constabulary, added: "The
purpose of this surrender is to offer those people who may not
realise they have an illegal firearm to surrender it without fear
of prosecution for this offence."
must stress that we will be taking information from those people
handing in firearms and we will be running some background checks
to see if that weapon has been used in a crime."
will accept any firearm or knife, but we are particularly keen
to receive ornamental knives, lock knives, butterfly knives, WWII
weapons any weapon which could cause serious harm if in
the wrong hands."
would also urge people to think about the consequences of keeping
an illegal firearm or weapon. The law is very stringent around
weapon possession and the maximum penalty of possessing an illegal
firearm is life imprisonment."
license holders can be reassured that these measures merely enhance
their rights and privileges to own firearms, by removing the dangerous
ones from the wrong hands."
sentencing guidelines for possession for sale or transfer of an
unauthorised firearm or ammunition have also been raised. This
offence now carries a maximum penalty of life.