Shooters given gun deadline

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Gun owners will have to turn over an estimated 160,000 revolvers to the police by 1 October as part of the crackdown on firearms, it was announced yesterday.

A date has yet to be set for the removal of the remaining 40,000 guns of .22 calibre and below, although the Government hopes to rush through legislation so that they can be handed over at the same time as the more powerful firearms. Weapons will be collected from 1 July and must be surrendered by 1 October, when the ownership of weapons above .22 calibre will become illegal. Compensation is estimated at pounds 150m.