Campaign offers cash for weapons including knuckledusters, flick knives and zombie knives ahead of law change
Owners of rapid-firing rifles, knuckledusters, flick knives and zombie knives in Hertfordshire are being urged to hand them in to police as part of a 'surrender and compensation' campaign.
These weapons were previously classed as legal, but under Offensive Weapons Act 2019 regulations which came into effect on December 10, they are now illegal.
Owners have a three-month amnesty period in which to surrender them. Qualifying weapons handed in by March 9 might make their owners eligible for compensation.
Chief Supt Richard Liversidge, who is leading the initiative for Herts Constabulary, said: "New legislation introduced on December 10 means that some people who have some of these weapons in their possession may be breaking the law. These changes could also mean that some firearms dealers and other collectors may now be breaking the law.
"It is also possible that there are people who are in possession of a weapon that they have inherited or that they have overlooked or forgotten about.
"Whatever the circumstances, the three-month amnesty provides ample opportunity to dispose of these unwanted firearms and other weapons safely and with peace of mind."
To surrender a weapon, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The weapons surrender team will be in touch to arrange collection and will send a compensation form, which must be completed and returned at the point of surrender in order to qualify for reimbursement from the Government.