Gun amnesty launched by Greater Manchester Police

Over the next two weeks, anybody in possession of a firearm or ammunition are being urged to hand it into their local police station anonymously with no questions asked.

In a similar firearms surrender in Greater Manchester last year, 221 weapons were handed in and safely taken off the streets.

Although firearm crime continues to decrease, the surrender offers people the opportunity to safely surrender illegal firearms, a number of which may be held by people in innocence or ignorance of their illegality.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle said: “Too many lives have been torn apart by gun crime and it is no exaggeration to say every weapon retrieved via the surrender has the potential to save a life.

“The surrender offers you an opportunity to dispose of your weapon safely and discreetly whether it is a gun that has been handed down through the family or a firearm in your loft collecting dust.

“You won’t have to give your name or address, we just want more guns out of harm’s way. Please do the right thing for the sake of all the families that have had their lives destroyed by firearms.”

Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said: “There are still too many gun related incidents occurring across Greater Manchester, with 28 since April. The Give Up The Gun campaign will help stop that number from increasing any further, offering a safe place for guns to be handed in, no questions asked.

“Last year’s campaign was hugely successful, with 221 guns taken off the streets, but I want to do even better this year and urge anybody with a gun to do your part and hand it in to a station – it may help save a life.”