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Third gun amnesty nets nearly 2,300 firearms

NEARLY 2,300 illegally held firearms and some 28,200 pieces of ammunition have been handed over to the police over the five months since the third gun amnesty was launched.

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This means that the overall number of guns netted during the two previous gun amnesties plus the ongoing one has exceeded 10,000, thereby meeting the aim of Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák who envisaged the current amnesty in the summer of 2014, the TASR newswire learnt on May 6.

The first gun amnesty was launched in 2005, lasted one year and yielded 3,463 guns. The second one was completed in July 2010 and brought in 4,367 firearms.

As for the ongoing gun amnesty, the largest number of firearms has been handed over to the police in Banská Bystrica region (658), followed by Nitra region (314) and Žilina region (301). The largest volume of ammunition was also collected in Banská Bystrica region (4,672 pieces), followed by Bratislava region (4,324) and Nitra region (3,993).

People will be able to hand over illegally held or unregistered firearms to the police without any fear of a legal challenge for another month. The current gun amnesty is due to be wrapped up on May 31. The aim of the amnesty is to lower the number of illegally held guns and ammunition in the country and to reduce the risk of the use of such firearms during criminal acts.

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