Rifles: Compensation

Home Office written question – answered on 11th January 2021.

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Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne Conservative, New Forest West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much compensation owners surrendering MARS and lever release rifles are entitled to; and how long they will have to wait for payment.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The Offensive Weapons Act surrender and compensation scheme was launched on 10 December and allows the owners of relevant firearms and offensive weapons to surrender these to the police, and to claim financial compensation if they wish to do so, before the scheme ends on 9 March 2021. Guidance for the public on what items qualify under the scheme, and the levels of compensation that we expect to pay for each item have been placed in the libraries of both Houses and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/offensive-weapons-act-surrender-and-compensation-scheme.

Claims for financial compensation submitted to the police will be forwarded to the Home Office, where they will be processed as quickly as possible.

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