Scotland crime news: Firearms and ammunition can be surrendered at police stations across Scotland as part of a UK-wide campaign

Firearms and ammunition can be surrendered at police stations across the country from Thursday as part of a national campaign.

The UK campaign encourages anyone in possession of firearms and ammunition, for which they do not hold a valid certificate, to have the chance to surrender them to the police.

It will run between Thursday, May 12 until Sunday, May 29, and a certain amount of specific locations have been designated, although Police Scotland has added that any police station can be used if needed.

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Assistant Chief Constable Alan Speirs said: “The purpose of the firearms surrender campaign is to remove firearms from criminal availability and therefore reduce the risk of harm to the public and our communities.

“People will be able to surrender unlicensed weapons and ammunition to a number of dedicated police stations throughout Scotland and I would encourage people to do so.”

In addition to being able to hand in firearms and ammunition, the public will be able to hand over replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, component parts and other ballistic items.

Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans Keith Brown said: “I would encourage anyone in possession of an unneeded or unlicensed firearm or air weapon to safely hand it over to police at one of their designated police stations.

“Firearm offences remain at historically low levels in Scotland, but by removing unwanted weapons this important campaign by Police Scotland will help keep our communities safe and prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands.”

Scotland crime news: Firearms and ammunition can be surrendered at police stations across Scotland as part of a UK-wide campaign

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