Don’t throw away money by hand­ing in guns, says BASC

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BASC is ask­ing shoot­ers to check for “cash in the at­tic” in the form of un­wanted guns, rather than hand­ing them in.

The call comes fol­low­ing the cur­rent national firearms sur­ren­der cam­paign, run­ning from 13 to 26 November, dur­ing which peo­ple can hand over firearms and am­mu­ni­tion at des­ig­nated po­lice sta­tions. The amnesty al­lows those in pos­ses­sion of il­le­gal firearms to turn them over anony­mously, and legally held guns are also ac­cepted.

But BASC di­rec­tor of firearms Bill Har­ri­man warns that by hand­ing in your guns you could be giv­ing money away. “BASC ap­plauds any ini­tia­tive that stops guns fall­ing into the hands of crim­i­nals, but our ad­vice is to first be cer­tain you are not giv­ing away a valu­able an­tique firearm,” he said.

“All too of­ten I see pictures of po­lice of­fi­cers with sur­ren­dered firearms that may be legally owned and which are valu­able.

“The po­lice will say that the Mu­se­ums Weapons Group looks over all sur­ren­dered firearms and re­tains his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant ones for mu­seum use. That is of lit­tle con­so­la­tion to some­one who has been en­cour­aged into giv­ing up their law­fully owned valu­able prop­erty.

“BASC’S firearms team is al­ways happy to ad­vise mem­bers in con­fi­dence and a mo­bile phone photo is of­ten enough for us to make a pos­i­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.” Shoot­ing times & Coun­try mag­a­zine • 9

The national firearms sur­ren­der cam­paign will run un­til 26 November

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