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Gun Crime

Gun crime

Gun crime across the West Midlands has fallen dramatically over the last ten years. However illegal guns are still being used in a variety of crimes from robberies up to murder and the force is committed to stopping this once and for all.

Under Operation Captiva we are rooting out people carrying illegal weapons and arresting them, because we want to take both criminals and their weapons out of our community.

If you know someone who has a gun or where one might be kept, you can help get the guns off our streets by anonymously calling Crimestoppers.

Crimestoppers are an independent charity helping law enforcement to locate criminals and help solve crime. They only take information about crime and where it is happening. You can report information to them in confidence and without fear of them revealing to the police who has passed on that information.

To tell Crimestoppers what you know, not who you are, call them on 0800 555 111 or report it online using their website

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Find out more about how we are tackling gun crime using the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).

The law

You need a firearms certificate issued by the police to possess, buy or acquire a firearm or shotgun. You must also have a certificate to buy ammunition.

If you are caught illegally carrying a gun, even an imitation one you will be arrested and prosecuted. Carrying a gun without using it can result in a prison term of up to five years. Using a gun, or even threatening to, can result in life imprisonment.

The police are allowed to use their powers to stop and search someone if they believe a weapon is being carried. It is no excuse to say it was for your own protection or you were carrying it for someone else.

More information on Crime Reduction