Firearms surrender 20th July - 4th August 2019

We're appealing for people to hand in unwanted guns with a two week surrender of firearms and ammunition.

You can hand in guns and ammunition at any designated gun surrender police station from Saturday, 20th July 2019 and ending on Sunday 4th August.

Be sure to follow our tips for staying safe when handling and handing in weapons.

How to stay safe:

Firearms Surrender Poster - hand in firearms from 20th July to 4th August 2019

Always assume that the weapon is loaded.

Always point the weapon in a safe direction.

Always keep firearms and ammunition separate.

 

AVOID handling the weapon as much as possible.

  

NEVER attempt to unload the weapon or 'make it safe'.

NEVER allow children to touch any weapon or ammunition.

NEVER point a weapon at another person.

NEVER attempt to take an uncovered weapon out in public.

NEVER abandon any weapon/ammunition.   

 

DO NOT surrender a firearm/ammunition to a Police Officer/ PCSO in the street or open public area.

DO NOT use public transport to surrender a weapon if it can be avoided.

  

If it is impossible for you to safely bring the firearm into any police station, please contact the police by calling the non-emergency number 101, or contact us online, and arrange a time and date for an officer to collect the firearm from you. 

 

REMEMBER you do not have to disclose any personal details when surrendering any weapons or ammunition if you do not wish to do so.

 

Frequently asked questions 

Here are the answers to the questions we're often asked about gun surrenders.

What is a gun surrender?

How long is the surrender for?

Where can I take my firearm?

Do I have to identify myself?

Will the firearm be forensically examined?

What happens to the firearm once I've surrendered it?

What if I can't get to a police station?

What if I want to surrender other weaponry such as knives or grenades?

 

What is a gun surrender?

'Gun surrender' means people can safely surrender their guns or ammunition locally at police stations across Lancashire.

You can hand in:-

  • Illegally held or unwanted guns and ammunition, including antique firearms
  • Imitation firearms and air guns used for criminal purposes
  • Stun gun type devices and pepper sprays
  • Other unwanted guns and ammunition including air guns and imitations firearms you are being asked to hide for someone else
  • Items which you may have inherited from a relative or found and you aren’t sure what they are or what to do with them

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How long is the surrender for? 

The surrender is a nationwide initiative running from Saturday July 20th to Sunday August 4th.

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Where can I take my firearm?

This is an opportunity for people to dispose of their unwanted or unlicensed firearms at a local police station (see below).

Please ensure that firearms are covered from view at all times and in particular when entering public or police premises. This is particularly important if you are using public transport. Once there, inform the member of staff you are there to surrender a firearm BEFORE you reveal the weapon.

Please do not hand your unwanted firearms or ammunition to a Police Officer or Police Community Support Officer in the street. Officers and PCSOs are not equipped to receive these items in the street, which could cause unnecessary anxiety to the public in the vicinity.

If you are unable to attend a police station to surrender your firearm or ammunition, please contact us on 101 so we can make an appointment to collect it. 

Station

Location

Preston

Lancaster Road North Preston PR1 2SA. Open 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday. 9am-6pm Saturday to Sunday

Ormskirk

Derby Street, Ormskirk L39 2BJ. Open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. 9AM-6PM Saturday and Sunday

Lancaster

Thurnham Street Lancaster LA1 1YB. Open 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday. 9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday

Blackpool

Gerry Richardson Way off Clifton Road Blackpool FY4 4US
Open Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday 9am - 6pm & Sunday 9am - 6pm

Blackburn Greenbank

Greenbank Business Park off Whitebirk Drive Blackburn BB1 3HT. Open 8am to 10pm Monday – Friday. 9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Burnley

Parker Lane Burnley BB11 2BT. Open 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday. 9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday

  

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Do I have to identify myself?

You will NOT need to identify yourself, but the staff will ask questions about any firearm or ammunition to ensure that staff understand how best to handle it safely.

This is a firearms surrender, not an amnesty - should a weapon be surrendered and it is established that it has been involved in criminality then an investigation may ensue, which could lead to possible criminal proceedings.

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Will the firearm be forensically examined?

All items of property handled by the police service could be submitted for a forensic examination.

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What happens to the firearm once I've surrendered it?

The firearm will be made safe and destroyed, unless it is proved to be linked to a crime, then it will be kept as evidence for any future court case proceedings.

If it’s of aesthetic or historical interest it may be kept.

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What if I can't get to a police station?

If you are unable to get to a police station you can phone 101 and we will arrange for someone to collect, make safe and dispose of your firearms or ammunition.

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What if I want to surrender other weaponry such as knives or grenades?

If you wish to surrender other items, please call 101 to discuss this with our force control room who will be able to advise you of the best way to safely dispose of your unwanted weaponry.

We take reports of gun crime very seriously, if you have any information about the possession of an illegal firearm or criminal activity relating to this type of crime call 101 or make a report online here. You can also anonymously report to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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