Firearm amnesty removes 88 guns from the streets


A large haul of firearms, air weapons and ammunition is now off the streets of Lanarkshire.

Police Scotland seized a total of 22 firearms, 66 air weapons and 15 lots of ammunition during their two-week amnesty.

The public were encouraged to surrender firearms and ammunition at police stations across the county as part of the Firearms Surrender Campaign.

From Monday, June 18, until Sunday, July 1, people in possession of firearms and ammunition, for which they do not hold a valid certificate, were given the opportunity to surrender them to police.

In addition to this, the public were able to hand over replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, component parts and other ballistic items.

The Scotland-wide campaign saw a total of 474 firearms, 690 air weapons and 337 lots of ammunition handed over during the fortnight.

Significant weapons handed in to stations across the country included a machine gun, AK47 assault rifle and a World War 1 pistol.

Sergeant Paul Doyle, of East Kilbride’s Local Problem Solving Team, said: “Police Scotland has run a successful Firearms Surrender Campaign which has received nationwide public support.

“Engaging with our communities in the East Kilbride, Rutherglen and Cambuslang areas and making them aware of this campaign has helped achieve the reduction and seizure of 22 illegal or unregistered firearms/shotguns, 66 air weapons and 15 lots of ammunition from the Lanarkshire area.”

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “This successful firearms surrender campaign has seen the removal of over 1500 unwanted weapons from our communities – stopping them falling into the wrong hands.”

Daily Record 



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