South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne is encouraging those in possession of illegal firearms to make use of a two week surrender amnesty period, through which they can anonymously hand in firearms to the police.
The two week surrender, running from Monday 13th November to Sunday 26th November 2017, is part of a national campaign by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), with all police forces in England and Wales taking part.
Those surrendering firearms are not required to leave any information, but if police suspect a weapon may have been used to commit a crime, they will examine it for evidence. Surrendered weapons will be destroyed, or in exceptional circumstances, if the weapon has historical value, it may be donated to a museum.
Illegal possession of a firearm can lead to a five year jail sentence, and if found guilty of possession with intent to supply, it can lead to a life sentence. During the last surrender in 2014, 323 weapons were handed into local stations across the West Mercia area.
Mr Dunne said: "There may be older and historical weapons in Shropshire, such as might be found when a relative passes away. Owners may have been unsure how to dispose of these firearms. While their owners may have no intention of these being used for criminal purposes, it is obviously important we ensure such potential weapons do not fall into criminal hands.
So I encourage anyone who may have unlicensed firearms to consider making use of this surrender period, to ensure such weapons can be safely disposed."
Guns can be surrendered at the following West Mercia Police Stations: Hereford, Kidderminster, Redditch, Malinsgate Telford, Shrewsbury and Worcester. To report any concerns about the possession of firearms, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.