“JUST one gun off our streets could save a life.”

That is the message from Hampshire Constabulary as it launches its fortnight-long Firearms and Ammunition Surrender today.

The force is taking part in a national campaign to reduce the number of illegally-held firearms.

The surrender, running from November 13-26, is giving people the chance to hand in any firearms or ammunition which have come into their possession for whatever reason.

Chief inspector Emma Baillie, head of armed response for the Joint Operations Unit for Hampshire and Thames Valley, said: “Surrender them now and we can dispose of them safely, making sure that they do not fall into the hands of criminals.

“We know that the consequences of firearms or replica firearms falling into the wrong hands can be fatal and can cause real fear within our communities.

“While crimes involving firearms in Hampshire are rare, we know that every firearm poses a potential threat if they are not licensed and stored safely.

“The fight against gun crime is stronger than ever. We take all reports of incidents involving firearms extremely seriously and robust action will be taken against anyone who commits a firearms related offence.”

During the campaign, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous.

However, it is not an amnesty and if further examination of a surrendered firearm reveals a link to a crime, this will be investigated.

Firearms must be handed in to where they will be disposed of safely.

Replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, antique guns, component parts and other ballistic items will also be accepted

Anyone who is unsure about an item they have is being urged call 101 to get advice on what they should do.

Alternatively, can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Several stations across the county are taking part in the surrender.

Locally, these include: Eastleigh Station, Leigh Road and Fareham Station, Quay Street. Both are open Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm. Sunday 9am to 5pm. Closed between 2pm and 2.45pm on Sunday; and Lymington Station, Southampton Road, which is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sunday 9.30am to 6pm (closed 2pm to 3pm every day).