By Rebecca Parker on 31/05/2016 in The Scotsman
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams revealed the number of weapons handed in to the 72 designated stations in the first week alone is 2301.
Police Scotland has welcomed the public’s response to its Air Weapon Surrender Campaign, as it announced the number handed in during the first week, and displayed a number of them prior to destruction.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams revealed the number of weapons handed in to the 72 designated stations from Lerwick to Stranraer in the first week alone is 2301.
He said, “This is a fantastic start to the three week campaign. It’s great to see so many weapons being handed in and I’d like to thank responsible members of the public for surrendering them.
“Remember there is still two weeks left to run and I’d like to appeal to anyone who possesses an air weapon and doesn’t intend licensing it to hand it in to one of the designated 72 stations across Scotland.
“You can find out all you need to know about the surrender campaign on our website.”
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said, “I had the opportunity to meet with Police Scotland staff last week and see some of the weapons that have been taken off our streets. It is extremely encouraging to know that so many air weapons have been handed in by people who do not plan to have a licence when the new law comes into force at the end of the year.
“I would encourage anybody with an air weapon to stay on the right side of the law by handing them in during the surrender process or, if they wish to keep them, making sure they apply from 1 July 2016 for the right to own an air weapon.”
Further details on the surrender campaign and process together with information surrounding the forthcoming application process can be found on the Police Scotland and Scottish Government websites.