UK Citizens Get Two Weeks To Surrender Guns And “Other Weapons”

UK citizens have until November 26 to surrender guns and any weapons they still own. Image Source: Sky News
UK citizens have until November 26 to surrender guns and any weapons they still own. Image Source: Sky News

British citizens have been given two weeks to surrender all guns, “other weapons” and ammunition to local police stations, according to BBC News.

If they submit their firearms within this 14-day window they will not be prosecuted — unless the weapon is later connected to a crime. In other words, law-abiding citizens should submit any firearms still in their possession, but criminals probably should not.

According to police, many people still own weapons without realizing that they are illegal under British law. For example, families often do not know what to do with guns they have inherited from elderly relatives.

Assistant Chief Constable Helen McMillan told the BBC that realistically police were “not going to get hardened gang members” to hand in their weapons. However, she said that “this is part of our response to try and make it as difficult as possible for those people to come into possession of any type of weapon at all.” Ms. McMillan then added, “You don’t have to give your name or address, we just want more guns out of harm’s way.”

Certain types of BB guns and other air guns, rifles, shotguns and pistols are included on the list of weapons British police say must be surrendered by November 26. During the last official roundup of guns in 2014, more than 6,000 weapons were submitted in England and Wales.

According to Ms. McMillan, people often find illegal firearms when clearing up the houses of deceased relatives and do not know whether they should keep them. “It could be a trophy of war, it could be a starting pistol. Please contact us on 101 and arrange to hand it in to your nearest police station,” she said. “Each firearm we retrieve has the potential to save a life, so do the right thing and surrender your weapon.”

The United Kingdom enforces some of the toughest gun laws in the world. Handguns and fully-automatic weapons are banned. Civilians must apply for a license and have a “good reason” to own either a rifle or a shotgun, which can hold a maximum of three shells at a time.

Applicants are then assessed by the UK licensing authority, the Home Office, and the police force to make sure they do not pose any risk. This typically involves interviews, police visits to the applicant’s home, criminal background checks, mental health disclosure from the applicant’s doctor, as well as references from friends. Self-defense is not considered a legitimate reason for gun ownership.

In spite of the country’s extremely tight gun control laws, last year there were a reported 2,544 firearms offenses in the United Kingdom— a 42 percent increase from 2015 — mostly in London.

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Tucker J.
Tucker J.
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6 Comments on "UK Citizens Get Two Weeks To Surrender Guns And “Other Weapons”"

  1. These Limey pukes will roll over for this in a heartbeat. Wouldn’t happen in America.
    Well, maybe in the Northeast and California. Out here it would be last man standing.

  2. I’m sure glad my ancestors left England in 1620. Also I am glad they came to a country that would later be called the United States of America.

  3. Well that’s as stupid as the crazy ass liberals here in America yes let’s take the guns away from law-abiding citizens so that all the criminals who will never turn in their guns will have them only this is about the most stupid asinine thing that can happen ! Let’s not forget the most crimes are also committed by Looney liberals anyway all mass shootings here in America were yes by liberals, let’s not forget guns don’t kill people people kill people and there is no reason whatsoever any law-abiding citizen to have to give up their firearms to protect themselves or their family.
    I’m curious to see what kind of backbone the UK people have and see if they defy this asinine communist globalist liberal law, I guess we’ll wait and see. Let’s not forget the throughout history all societies that gave up their weapons were all eventually slaughtered. Wake up UK this is right out of Adolf Hitler’s Playbook in the liberal communist that are pushing it upon all you folks and the same here in America . Bottom line once they take your guns you have no way to defend yourself against criminals or your government. Stop and think about it the idiot rip pushing these laws the politicians they are surrounded by bodyguards with what guns to protect them.
    But we are nor allowed to have guns to protect us or our families ! What’s wrong with this picture need I say more

  4. There are a lot of inaccuracies in this article. Perhaps some research before spouting your mouth off!

  5. Remember this, the criminals don’t play by the rules, they don’t obey laws, and they don’t respect others rights or property. The only ones that are going to get hurt in this fiasco are the unarmed citizens, which will force them to go to other sources to arm themselves illegally. Which shouldn’t happen. I hope these people stand up and speak out. I never seen a gun, go off, or shoot anyone, when not in the hands of another.

  6. What a bullshit article. So many complete inaccuracies.

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