People are being urged to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted firearms and ammunition during a fortnight-long amnesty.
Firearms can be dropped in at stations across Leicestershire - including Harborough’s in Leicester Road - from tomorrow (Saturday, September 21) through to Sunday, October 6, with no questions asked.
A police spokesman said: “It is believed that a number of firearms are held by people in innocence and ignorance of their illegality. They could be in the home, but overlooked or forgotten, or someone could have come into possession of one through the death of a relative, for example.
“To avoid these weapons getting into the wrong hands, and to provide members of the community with a safe place to dispose of any firearms they are unlawfully, or lawfully, in possession of, an amnesty is being.
“During the period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession and they also have the opportunity to remain anonymous.”
Similar amnesties held in Harborough in recent years have seen shotguns and even Second World War-era rifles handed in.
Chief Insp Chris Brown of Leicestershire Police’s Operational Support Department said: “Fortunately gun crime within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is statistically low, which is a result of continued efforts from the Force. However, there was one death by firearm this year, which is extremely unusual for the city and county, but this is one death too many. We want as many weapons off the street as possible and would encourage people to hand them in.
“In addition to the amnesty, we continually work hard to educate young people about firearms and the dangers that come with them, to ensure that gun crime doesn’t become a problem for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.”
Anyone handing in a firearm during the amnesty is advised to phone ahead on 101 before leaving home.
They will then be advised on how to best transport the weapon responsibly from home to the police station.
The opening times at Harborough Station are: Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm, and 2.45pm to 6pm
The main collecting local policing units are:
Stations in Loughborough, Hinckley, Syston, Melton, Oakham, Braunstone, Coalville, Mansfield House, Keyham Lane, Spinney Hill, Beaumont Leys and Wigston are also holding the amnesty.