Surrender of Offensive Weapons (Compensation) Regulations 2020

10 December 2020

Surrender of Offensive Weapons (Compensation) Regulations 2020

The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 amends various pieces of legislation with the effect that it becomes an offence to possess certain dangerous knives, offensive weapons, firearms and ancillary equipment which it was previously lawful to possess, along with detailing for the surrender of such items.

These regulations are in force from 10 December 2020 and provide for the compensation to be payable to persons surrendering such items with a value of £30 or more. Part 2 provides for compensation in respect of certain prohibited knives and offensive weapons which are surrendered in England and Wales. Part 3 provides for compensation for certain firearms and ancillary equipment which are surrendered in the United Kingdom.

Regulation 3 outlines eligibility for compensation for surrendered offensive weapons and regulation 7 outlines eligibility for surrendered firearms and ancillary equipment. Regulations 4 and 8 provide for officers accepting the surrendered items to issue a receipt. Regulations 5 and 9 provide for claims to be submitted where the items have been surrendered and for the forms to be transmitted to the Secretary of State. Regulations 6 and 10 provide for determination of claims and payment by the Secretary of State.

Where a standard level of compensation for an item is specified in a document published by the Secretary of State under regulation 2, that is the amount of compensation payable unless the person claiming the compensation contends that the value exceeds the standard level of compensation payable. If no standard level of compensation is specified, or if the person claims that the value exceeds the standard level, valuation evidence must be submitted and the level of compensation payable is to be determined by the Secretary of State.

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