Police gun amnesty: Gun statistics revealed by Police Scotland

More than 300 firearms were handed over to police across Scotland in a recent UK-wide campaign, including 20 in Argyll and West Dunbartonshire.

319 weapons, including shotguns, BB guns, airguns and imitation firearms, were returned to police stations between Thursday May 12 and Sunday May 29, as cops were conducting their hand-in-gun campaign to remove unlicensed guns from communities.

And alongside 20 locally handed-in firearms, three batches of ammunition were dropped off.

Deputy Chief Constable Alan Speirs said: “It’s really important that we continue to strengthen public safety across Scotland by providing opportunities for the safe handing over of weapons like this and reminding the public to check their licenses.”

“Members of the public are reminded that it is illegal to be in possession of an unlicensed firearm regardless of how you obtain it and are reminded that firearms can be surrendered to the police at all times.”

“If anyone is in any doubt, we have specially trained officers across the country who can secure unlicensed weapons and remove them.”

Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans Affairs, Keith Brown, said: ‘We are grateful to Police Scotland for this important campaign to encourage those in possession of unnecessary firearms or airguns or without a license to deliver them safely.

“Gun offenses remain at historic lows in Scotland, but by removing over 300 guns along with ammunition, this initiative will help keep our communities safe and prevent guns from falling between wrong hands.”

The largest number of handovers were made to the Lothian and Borders force, where 50 guns and 27 ammunition packs were handed over.

The Greater Glasgow force received 41 guns.

The lowest across Scotland was in neighboring Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, where only five guns were returned.