The surrender is giving people the chance to hand in any firearms or ammunition which have come into their possession for whatever reason.
The surrender runs from today (November 13) until Sunday, November 26 and is part of national initiative run by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS). It aims to reduce the number of illegally held firearms within our communities.
Each firearm handed into the Police is one less that could fall into the hands of criminals. Whether it is an old family heirloom that has been stored away for years, a former military weapon or an unwanted firearm which was previously legally owned – all can be handed in to your local police station, safe in the knowledge that they will be disposed of safely.
Hampshire Constabulary will also accept replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, antique guns, component parts and other ballistic items.
During the fortnight firearms licence holders are also being encouraged to consider the surrender of weapons they no longer have any use for.
During the two-week campaign, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous. However, this is not an amnesty and if further examination of a surrendered firearm reveals a link to a crime, this will be investigated.
Hampshire Constabulary are asking anyone who is unsure about an item they have to call them on 101 to get advice on what they should do. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Historic ordnance should not be moved or handed in to any stations, if you think you have any items like this, please call Hampshire Constabulary on 101 for advice.