Forty-three firearms were handed in to police stations in Cheshire West during Cheshire Constabulary’s ‘Give up the Gun’ campaign.
The force’s spring surrender – which allowed members of the public to hand in any unwanted or illegally held weapons without fear of prosecution – has resulted in a total of 127 firearms being removed from the county’s streets between April 4 and 18.
Weapons ranged from rifles to shotguns, with antique weapons which had been passed down through generations making up most of the numbers.
Superintendent Bev Raistrick said: “It’s rewarding to see that so many people had the confidence to come forward and surrender items during this campaign.
“As a result of the actions taken these people have all helped to ensure that these firearms don’t get into the wrong hands and can never be used for criminal purposes.
“Although gun crime in Cheshire is low we must never forget that firearms are extremely dangerous, and can be deadly if they get into the wrong hands.
“This surrender was just one of a number of measures that we are taking to help to keep it low and reduce it even further.”
All weapons handed in during the surrender period will be deactivated and destroyed.
Anyone who is concerned about illegal weapons in their local community is urged to contact Cheshire police on 101.
Alternatively, information can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.