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Firearm surrender campaign launched in Aberdeenshire

By Lewis McBlane

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POLICE have launched a firearm surrender campaign with three Aberdeenshire drop-off points.

Police are asking the public to surrender unlicensed firearms.
Police are asking the public to surrender unlicensed firearms.

People with unlicensed firearms are being urged to hand them over to help keep the public safe.

From Thursday, May 12 until Sunday, May 29, undocumented firearms and ammunition can be safely surrendered over to police.

Drop off points in Ellon, Inverurie and Mintlaw will be in operation, though the public can hand in items at any police station.

The UK-wide firearms surrender campaign also applies to replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, component parts and other ballistic items.

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.”

Click here for more information about the campaign.

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