A total of 132 weapons have been handed in at Lincolnshire Police stations during a two-week firearms amnesty, the force reports.
The amnesty ended on Friday, securing revolvers, pistols, rifles and shotguns at stations across the county. Those that handed them in did so with a promise they would not be punished.
Chief Inspector Phil Baker said: “We’re happy that people have made the most of the opportunity to hand in these weapons, and 132 is a significant number to have removed from circulation.
“Lincolnshire is a rural farming county so there are many reasons why people may have firearms in their possession. What’s encouraging is the fact the amnesty has made people think about whether they need to hold on to these weapons, and whether they have the legal right to do so.
“Having 132 less firearms within the county means that there are 132 less opportunities for them to get into the wrong hands and be used for criminal activity. Something which ultimately makes Lincolnshire a safer place.
“I’d like to thank everyone who handed in a firearm for doing so, and everyone who helped us to publicise our campaign so well.”
Anyone who still holds an unwanted or illegally held firearms is encouraged to hand it in, and it will be dealt with according to its circumstances.