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Two firearms, 166 ammunition collected

THE Police with the help of SIPCRRA have so far collected two firearms and around 166 rounds of ammunition.

Police Commissioner, Matthew Varley made the official report when fronting the local media yesterday.

He said up to 166 rounds of ammunition that is bullets for guns including five rounds of 50 calibre ammunitions were surrendered to police at Rarata village, North Guadalcanal on Monday this week.

Mr Varley added that 15 rounds of 303 riffle ammunition were collected at Salasava village, central Islands Province on Saturday, 53 rounds of 22 calibre ammunition handed over to Naha Police on May 25th and also 16 rounds of .22 ammunition handed to the Central Police on 27th Saturday.

The Police Commissioner said two firearms were surrendered in the past 24 hours, the latest was surrendered yesterday morning.

“I’ve received reports that one 22 calibre rifle plus some 50 rounds of ammunition have been handed in to police on Guadalcanal just this morning (yesterday).”

“One was surrendered yesterday (Tuesday) to police who were at Kakabona to conduct awareness on the amnesty.

“After the awareness, a short gun was handed in along with 19 rounds of riffle ammunition and 18 rounds of other ammunition,” he said.

Police Commissioner Varley said within one and a half week into the amnesty period the result is really good as they have collected two firearms and a large number of ammunitions.

He said there is only more than a week to go and has appealed to the public to hand in any weapon or ammunition before the amnesty deadline.

Mr Varley said the end of the amnesty period is on 9th June and anyone who fails to hand in any weapon to the police prior to that date and found later with ammunitions will face the law.