What is a firearms surrender?
'Firearms surrender' means people can safely surrender their guns or ammunition locally at police stations across Lancashire.
People can hand in:
- Illegally held or unwanted guns and ammunition, including antique firearms
- Imitation firearms and air guns used for criminal purposes
- 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
How long is the surrender for?
The surrender is a nationwide initiative running from 13 – 26 November 2017.
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.
Designated Surrender Police Stations
- Blackburn Greenbank
- Greenbank Business Park off Whitebirk Drive Blackburn BB1 3HT. Open 8am to 10pm Monday – Sunday
- Bonny Street Blackpool FY1 5RL. Open 8am – 10pm Monday to Sunday
- Parker Lane Burnley BB11 2BT. Open 8am - 10pm Monday to Sunday
- Thurnham Street Lancaster LA1 1YB. Open 8am – 10pm Monday to Sunday
- Lancaster Road North Preston PR1 2SA. Open 8am - 10pm Monday to Sunday
- Southway Skelmersdale WN8 6NH. Open 9am - 8pm Monday to Sunday
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.
Will the firearm be forensically examined?
All items of property handled by the police service could be submitted for a forensic examination.
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.
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.
What if I want to surrender other weaponry, knives, grenades, etc?
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 555111.
IF it is impossible for you to safely bring the firearm into a 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.
What will happen to all the guns handed in?
A proportion of the firearms will be destroyed but some may be retained by armourers if they are of significant interest, unusual, etc. Any guns which can be proved to be linked to crime will be kept as evidence and retained for any future court case proceedings.
If gun crime levels have been falling why do we need surrender campaigns?
It is true that gun crime levels generally have dropped in the last decade and compared to other countries our gun crime levels are low. However latest figures show gun crime is now on the rise and we cannot be complacent about the continued threat to our communities from criminals with access to guns. NABIS, working together with UK police forces, are determined to carry on suppressing the threat. Gun surrenders are one way to show the public how seriously we all take this issue. We want to get as many firearms out of circulation and off the streets as possible. One gun in the wrong hands can have catastrophic consequences.