Chasing relics for ‘public safety’

Police in Northwest England have been celebrating ridding the tough streets around Liverpool of collectible antique firearms, air guns, and starter pistols. 

The Merseyside Police this month closed a two-week gun surrender event focused primarily on taking in antiques that were recently designated as being forbidden under the country’s strict firearm codes. The new change targeted firearm chambered in one of seven long-obsolete 19th Century ammunition types, once protected under the UK’s Firearms Act 1968, for old guns typically “held as an ornament” or curiosity.

“During the surrender, we had 14 viable guns handed in, comprising of shotguns, revolvers, and self-loading pistols as well as 9 blank firers, 12 air weapons, and a quantity of ammunition,” said Merseyside Police. 

The photos released by the agency showed off a sampling fit for the likes of Colonel Mustard or Professor Plum. 

More in my column at Guns.com. 

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