Firearms security checks carried out in south
North Wales Police in south Gwynedd have
hailed their Firearm Security Operation carried out earlier this
month a success.
The objective of the Police action was to
ensure that all legally held firearms and ammunition are securely
and appropriately stored when not in use and to reinforce the
statutory obligation on all Firearm and Shotgun owners the absolute
necessity in maintaining security. It also followed a number
of recent prosecutions and certificate revocations as a direct
result of some holders negligence.
Sergeant Dewi Jones, North Wales Police South
Gwynedd District said “I’m happy to say our objective of
raising awareness amongst the firearms community was very well
received and we encountered very few breaches. We received
terrific assistance from a number of organisations including the
Farmers Union of Wales and The National Farmers Union that
supported the initiative and reinforced our message which was
reflected in the relatively small number of minor infractions.
It’s important to emphasise from a Police perspective
that it’s as much about education as well as enforcement”
“The operation saw Police visit 188
certificate holders in the area and was met with wide spread
support and cooperation from the local community, even those where
minor breaches were identified. Whilst we have now concluded
our checks this type of operation may well be repeated, or extended
elsewhere if we believe it appropriate”
Sergeant Jones concluded that of the 16
breaches identified most were appropriate to be dealt with by means
of warnings and advice with four requiring further
If you have any information about any Firearms or Shotgun that
is being kept insecurely contact North Wales Police on 101 or
alternatively via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.