Gloucestershire Constabulary is supporting a national campaign to encourage members of the public to surrender firearms and other prohibited weapons.

The campaign will run from Monday 13 November to Sunday 26 November.

During that time members of the public can hand in any firearm or imitation gun, stun gun, incapacitant spray or ammunition to a number of nominated police stations across the force area.

The aim of the operation is to safely remove from circulation as many unwanted firearms as possible to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.
Those surrendering guns and prohibited weapons during the two week campaign will not face prosecution for illegal possession of a firearm at the point of surrender and they can remain anonymous.

The kind of weapons normally expected to be handed in are guns which people find in lofts during house clearances or which have been kept or bought as souvenirs of war.
Licensed firearms holders can also take the opportunity to hand in any guns they no longer require.
This year, as well as encouraging people to hand in traditional firearms we are especially keen to receive items which people have bought innocently from other countries without realising that they are illegal here.
These include stun guns, some disguised as torches or mobile phones, which are sold legally on the continent as self-defence tools and pepper sprays often sold in handbag size and aimed at women.

Members of the public can hand unwanted firearms in to the following police stations:
Barton Street, Gloucester
Hester’s Way, Cheltenham
If you are unable to do so, contact Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101, or email and mention Operation Aztec.

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