A veritable hoard of weapons has been handed in so far in response to the island’s first weapons amnesty for nine years.
Anything from hand guns and shotguns to crossbows and knives have been handed over to Isle of Man police at their collection points in Peel, Ramsey, Castletown and Douglas police stations.
The amnesty has been going since the start of the month and runs to the end of November and in that time around 50 weapons have been handed in.
The last time a similar amnesty was held it yielded around 150 weapons of various kinds.
Constable Mark Dimsdale who is involved in the amnesty said it was an important chance to get items out of circulation so they could not fall into the wrong hands. The items can be handed over with no questions asked.
‘We are lucky over here that we have no outstanding cases involving weapons so no questions should arise,’ he said.
‘The items are then destroyed so they can’t be used again or, if an item may have value we give people the chance to have it assessed and the monetary value will stay with them.’
Constable Dimsdale said sometimes people acquired items by accident, perhaps finding them in a house they had bought or when clearing property after a bereavement when things can come to light that have been hidden away and forgotten for 50 or 60 years. He said one of the biggest worries was that items held illegally were not always securely stored in accordance with weapons regulations and therefore could more easily fall into the wrong hands.
‘There is a bin at each of the participating police stations where people can deposit bladed items and they can leave an address if they wish, but no-one is going to force them to do that,’ he said.
The amnesty, the first since 2005 finishes at the end of this month.