Published On: Wed, Nov 19th, 2014 on 1:00 pm

West Yorkshire Police: ‘Hand in your weapons’

West Yorkshire Police Hand In Your Weapons

West Yorkshire Police is giving people the chance to hand over weapons following a recent change in the law which now makes it illegal for certain people to hold antique weapons.

The weapons surrender, supported by the Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife campaign, started today and is one of a number organised by police forces across the UK.

Police believe many people may be affected by the change in legislation and have firearms at home which have been forgotten, or have deactivated weapons or trophies of war.

Any important and rare weapons will be saved from destruction, with the help of the Royal Armouries, home to the national collection of arms and armour.

Police are also urging members of the public to hand in any other weapons they hold including knives and offensive weapons.

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West Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable, Andy Battle, said: “This is not in response to any particular incidents in West Yorkshire but reflects the change in the law and gives people the opportunity to safely bring them into police. It is about preventing injury and harm to members of the public and making them safe and feel safer.

“We would urge members of the public to hand in any weapons at their local police station. Failure to do so would be a serious matter and could lead to some very serious charges.”

Weapons can be handed over at nine police stations.

They include Elland Road Police Station, Killingbeck Police Station, Weetwood Police Station, Bradford South Police Station, Keighley Police Station, Halifax Police Station, Huddersfield Police Station, Dewsbury Police Station and Wakefield District Headquarters.

Those surrendering firearms, ammunition knives and other offensive weapons will not face prosecution and may wish to remain anonymous.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “It is reassuring to know that gun and knife crime remains low across the county, but I would urge people to take advantage of this surrender to hand in weapons they have that may be illegal.”

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