London police hold gun amnesty after Paris attacks

People surrendering firearms can keep their identity private, but each weapon will be assessed by firearms officers, with some weapons being forensically checked for evidence (AFP Photo/Shaun Curry)

London (AFP) - London police on Friday invited gun-owners to hand in their weapons anonymously in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

The two-week firearms surrender campaign, which will call for the submission of firearms and imitation weapons, will get underway on Monday at 7.00am (0700GMT) and run until 11.00pm on December 6.

People surrendering firearms can keep their identity private, but each weapon will be assessed by firearms officers, with some weapons being forensically checked for evidence.

"We are asking Londoners to hand in firearms and imitation weapons to avoid them falling into the wrong hands," said Detective Superintendent Stephen Clayman.

"Last weekend's tragic events in Paris have inevitably led to a heightened state of alert on the capital's streets," he added.

"In an inappropriate setting, imitation weapons will cause fear and panic, and could lead to a police response involving the deployment of armed police officers, with potentially tragic results."

The force recovered over 600 "lethal barrelled" firearms last year.