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