9:47:44 AM PDT - Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

Reinstate knife and gun amnesties to take weapons off streets, says police chief advising Government  

By Editor - Sat Oct 17, 8:47 pm

Police should reinstate regular knife and gun amnesties to remove weapons that could otherwise fuel street violence, says the police chief who smashed gun crime gangs in London. Michael Fuller, Britain’s only ever black chief constable who was this week appointed a Home Office non-executive director to advise Priti Patel, said it was “old-fashioned” but an effective preventative measure. Amnesties allow people to hand in weapons “with no questions asked” and with immunity from prosecution for possession, although a “suspicious” gun or knife may be analysed for links to previous crimes, which could lead to the prosecution of those involved. They are generally targeted at those holding illegal weapons or ammunition and those keeping weapons without being aware of their illegal status. Past amnesties suggest as many as a quarter of the guns are “viable” weapons capable of being fired. National amnesties have been staged irregularly, the last being in September 2019 as part of a crackdown on knife crime which also included raids, stop and search and weapons sweeps. More than 10,000 knives were seized and 1,372 suspects arrested. “It might seem old fashioned but amnesties take guns and knives off the street that would otherwise be lying around in people’s cupboards and are liable to be stolen in burglaries,” said Mr Fuller

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