Essex Police has launched a two-week firearms amnesty today.
Residents can surrender any unwanted or unlicensed guns and ammunition at a number of stations across the county.
People handing them in won`t be prosecuted and they can also remain anonymous.
The weapons can be surrendered at front counters at the police stations in Basildon, Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Harlow, Grays and Southend but those wishing to surrender any items are advised to call ahead on 101 so they can be advised on how best to transport the item.
Members of the public can also use the 101 service to arrange for a police officer to collect the weapon.