Nearly 250 guns surrendered to police
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed the
fact nearly 250 weapons have been handed in following a two-week
Over 100 working firearms including rifles, shotguns, revolvers
and handguns were surrendered during the campaign which took place
In addition, silencers, starting pistols, air weapons and two
deactivated machine guns including an SK47 and a 'tommy gun' were
taken into local police stations across the force area.
Since the end of the campaign some of the weapons have been
tested by specialist ballistics officers. They will all now be
Officers have also delivered a series of hard-hitting messages
to people suspected of being involved in gun crime, urging them to
switch to the 'straight and narrow'. They have also written to
wives, girlfriends, mothers, siblings and other family members in
an effort to encourage them to report those involved in crime and
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson,
said: "To hear that nearly 250 weapons, including tommy guns and
AK47s, will be destroyed is fantastic news.
"Whilst those guns are on the streets of the West Midlands there
is always the potential they could fall into the wrong hands. Every
gun handed in is potentially a life saved.
"For everybody who decided to hand in their weapon may I say a
big thank you. You have done the right thing."
Detective Inspector Rod Rose, from force CID, said: "We're
really pleased with the outcome of this surrender where 245 weapons
have been taken off the streets which is a fantastic result.
"A number of deactivated weapons were also given in, these could
have been easily converted and should they have fallen into the
wrong hands, the consequences could have been devastating.
"Officers have also made real headway in the fight against gun
crime by positively engaging with a number of people thought to be
involved in gun crime.
"We have specialist offender management teams who will step in
and help anyone who wants to turn their life around. They can put
them in touch with drug groups to break their cycle of crime to
fund their addiction. They can also signpost them to training
providers, call in the support of the Prince's Trust and more.
"We will not become complacent, the fight against gun crime
continues as we work around the clock to keep you safe."