People urged to hand in firearms and ammunition to Wick police station as part of surrender campaign
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People are being invited to surrender unlicensed firearms at the police station in Wick as part of a UK-wide campaign.
Firearms and ammunition can be surrendered at police stations across Scotland from Thursday.
The campaign will run until Sunday, May 29, with people being urged to hand in firearms and ammunition as well as replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, component parts and other ballistic items.
The public can hand firearms and weapons to any police station, but police are asking people to attend designated locations across Scotland. These include police stations at Wick and elsewhere in the Highlands and Islands region at Burnett Road, Inverness; Dingwall; Fort William; Kirkwall; Lerwick; Nairn; Portree and Stornoway.
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.”
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.”