Surrender air weapons to police station

Reminder to public to surrender air weapons at police stations.

Reminder to public to surrender air weapons at police stations.

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Officers from Tayside Division are reminding the public to surrender air weapons at police stations across the region ahead of new licensing legislation coming into effect.

A three week surrender campaign started on Monday, May 23 and runs until Sunday, June 12.

New rules will make it illegal for anyone to possess an air weapon without a licence under the Air Weapon and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, which comes into force from December 31, 2016.

However, prior to this date, anyone holding an air weapon has six months to either obtain a certificate or to surrender their weapon(s) to the police.

To date 261 weapons have been handed in to police stations across Tayside.

Chief Inspector Mike Whitford of the Divisional Coordination Unit in Tayside said:“Every one of these weapons has the potential to cause serious injury or death, in particular to children or young people if handled incorrectly.

“There will be many lying around in homes across Tayside unused and this is a great opportunity to get rid of them.

“I would encourage anyone who has such a weapon to consider if they are likely to apply for a certificate under the new legislation and if not, hand it in to one of designated stations. It will remove the risk from their family and other members of the public.

“Finally, if you are carrying a weapon to a police station, please keep it in a bag to avoid causing alarm.”

The Designated Police Offices within Tayside Division which will have trained staff on duty to receive Air Weapons include Forfar Police Divisional Headquarters, High Street Forfar, DD8 1BP.

For further information, please see www.scotland.police.uk/airweaponsurrender.