Offensive weapons surrender scheme

Date published: 10 December 2020 11:43

What is the surrender scheme?

The Government has launched a surrender scheme for certain firearms and weapons after a change in legislation will mean they are unlawful to own. The Offensive Weapons Act contains measures to make it unlawful to possess certain offensive weapons– including rapid firing rifles and specific types of knives such as flick knives and zombie knives.

The surrender scheme will start on the 10 December and run for three months until the 9 March 2021. Within this period owners can hand in their weapons to the police and claim compensation from the Government.

How does it work?

If you have a licensed firearm that now needs to be surrendered under this new legislation, our Firearms licensing department will make contact with you. You will be able to hand these firearms over to the police by appointment only.

If you have a weapon or knife to surrender, you can hand it in at one of the police stations below:

  • Barnsley Police Station, Churchfield, Barnsley, S70 2DL
  • Doncaster Police Station, College Road  Doncaster, DN1 3HX
  • Sheffield Snig Hill Police Station, Snig Hill, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S3 8LY
  • Rotherham Police Station, Main Street, Rotherham S60 1QY

Can I claim compensation for the weapon?

To be eligible for compensation the item must have a value of at least £30.  If the item has a value below £30 you will not be able to claim compensation. You must also prove you are the legal owner of the weapon or firearm you are handing in.

For more information about compensation and how it is paid please visit the Government website here.

More information

To find out more about the scheme please visit the Government website here.