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Firearms Amnesty (Collectors' Pieces)

Volume 720: debated on Thursday 18 November 1965

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that under the surrender of firearms amnesty some people are handing in antique weapons or firearms which can be regarded as collectors' pieces; and if he will give an assurance that, when these are disposed of for cash, the person who gave them in will receive adequate compensation.

I have asked chief officers of police to arrange that members of the public handing in collectors' pieces should as far as practicable be consulted as to their disposal, and I have said that in my view disposal by the owner through a reputable dealer would be proper. No surrendered firearms are sold to dealers by the police.