UK Cops to Subjects: Surrender Your Guns! Again. Still.

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In America, they’re called “gun buybacks.” Technically, they’re not buybacks. The police, politicians, gun grabbers and corporate do-gooders perpetuating this brand of security theater – where Americans turn in broken-ass guns for cash, gift cards and/or kudos – never owned the guns in the first place. So it’s really a “buy-up.” Of course, “gun buy-up” doesn’t have the same PC ring to it. In fact, the term hints at the truth of the matter: the “no questions asked” buyback folks are creating a black market for stolen guns. Anyway . . .

The Brits aren’t buying “buy-ups” or “buy-backs.” For the Land of Hope and Glory it’s a “Gun Surrender.” “From Monday the force is holding a two-week amnesty for people to surrender unwanted items,” staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk reports. It comes after new legislation came into affect [sic] on July 14 increasing the maximum jail term for illegal gun possession . . .

from 10 years to life. This now includes anyone who is storing a weapon for someone else. It also includes antique firearms amid fears obsolete weapons can be made viable by criminals with ballistics know-how . . .

Police believe many firearms may be held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or may be overlooked or forgotten in people’s homes. The campaign gives holders the chance to dispose of the firearm and ammunition safely by handing it in at a police station.

During the two week period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession and, if they wish, can remain anonymous. However, the history of each live weapon will be checked for evidence of its use in crimes.

There are those who say that surrendering a “live weapon” = “the death of personal liberty.” As Annie Lenox sang, who am I to disagree?

comments

  1. avatar ThomasR says:

    Appropriate. “Surrender”, submit, obey; get on your knees and reaffirm you are a subject, a peon, a slave.

    1. avatar SD3 says:

      They’re called “subjects” for a reason, aren’t they?

  2. avatar Nick D says:

    If people don’t know they are in possession of illegal weapons, how are they supposed to know to turn them in? Is there an accompanying flier campaign where they paper the city with notices? Is a boy scout troop going around, knocking on doors and informing (on) people? Dammit, the more I think about it, the more I realize that the only good idea to come out of England in the last 25 years was a good recipe for fish n chips.

    1. avatar John L. says:

      Stop being logical – this isn’t about logic, it’s all about appearance.

    2. avatar PhilWilson says:

      They do have damn fine fish and chips. And if there’s another place to get good mushy peas, I haven’t found it yet. Good curry too. Many reasons to visit the UK, but not a place to live at this point. Who knows, maybe they’ll turn it around eventually. There are some whispers of sanity on the British political scene these days. Just whispers, but we can hope.

      In the mean time, I’ll hoist a pint of bitter in salute to what they once were and might be again if they come to their collective senses.

      1. avatar dph says:

        I don’t think they will get it turned around until the Islamic population erupts over there and then it’ll probably be too late.

    3. avatar Lurker_Of_Lurkiness says:

      Is wallace and grommit over 25 already?

  3. avatar Kyle in CT says:

    Fortunately, it is really unlikely the US would ever get to this point. Just looking at the massive non-compliance with registration laws in CT and NY (though the Cuomo administration is doing its level best to cover it up by denying FOIA requests) should be a clue.

  4. avatar Rob.G says:

    Remember, they’re not Citizens over there; they’re just “subjects.”

  5. avatar T.G. says:

    “It also includes antique firearms amid fears obsolete weapons can be made viable by criminals with ballistics know-how”

    By next year it will be…..”New legislation which was passed that makes it illegal to have ballistics know-how for fear that a mechanically inclined person can construct “assault zip-guns” from readily made parts. Police are calling on all people to voluntarily surrender themselves to serve their prison time if they know anything about guns, and are asking everyone in the country to report individuals who express a knowledge, or desire to know, about guns.”

    1. avatar KingSarc48265 says:

      It would be hilarious if somebody air dropped thousands of pamphlets detailing how to build zip guns over London.

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        No need. The immigrants from SWA know how to make AKs from tin cans because they’ve done it “back home.”

  6. avatar NYC2AZ says:

    “Police believe many firearms may be held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or may be overlooked or forgotten in people’s homes. But we’ll throw your ass in jail for evahh even if we feel it’s an honest mistake because GUNZZZZ!!”

    1. avatar Chris Johnson says:

      Hahaha .. yep

  7. avatar Gregolas says:

    When the Muslims in the UK feel they’re strong enough for a violent overthrow, they’re going to wish they had those guns.

    1. avatar wantmycountryback says:

      No, those pussies will do what they always do. Call on the Americans as there bull dog to fight their battles.

    2. avatar Jim R says:

      At that point, the Brits will probably just hand them the keys.

      1. avatar Avid Reader says:

        They’re basically doing that now.

    3. avatar Chris Johnson says:

      Absolutely a fact..

  8. avatar Joe R. says:

    If all guns are going to be confiscated by government, then each actual purchase is a straw purchase stemming from government regulation.

  9. avatar LongBeach says:

    We’ve made illegal things extra illegaler. Good. Job done.

    Sincerely,

    England-land

  10. avatar Ernest says:

    Your site is still browser hijacking…. f orewarding to other sites and prompting to install software and apps…. viruses. There have been many comments about this and no response. Why?

    1. avatar Tallen says:

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      1. avatar Ernest says:

        … ya thats the answer. I do thats why I have not been affected but 90% of people dont. Not only that no reputable website would serve its users like this. Its a joke. Clearly RF just doesn’t care about his users.

        1. avatar Accur81 says:

          TTAG doesn’t have mega bucks to hire web designers. This isn’t Amazon.

        2. avatar Gregg says:

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        3. avatar Toby in KS says:

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        4. avatar joshua says:

          3rd for it’s something in your system. I’m on my phone now and yesterday my computer ran the page fine. No forwarding.

  11. avatar SD3 says:

    Everytime a gun needs to be ‘evil’ it’s the Beretta 92. Always the 92.

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH. . . the quite angelic 96

      … ’cause you see, .40 is a far superior round to the 9mm . . . ; P

  12. avatar former water walker says:

    V For vendetta. SOL for the slaves in Britain. Yep your site is extremely buggy. Mostly mobile though. And tallen-some of us OFWG’s have $15 smart phones we use for 90% of our browsing and comments. I’m loaded up with security crap. Hasn’t worked right since it was monitized. But I still support TTAG.

  13. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    Gun surrender event. It’s the dumbest idea out of England since abandonment of the letter thorn.

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      C O R R E C T . . .

      you take the guns I’ll take the people!!!

      You give up your gun, and I’ll get you to give up e v e r y t h i n g else [beotch].

  14. avatar CT Resident says:

    From the same country that brought the UK Knife Surrender! They’re hip!

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/litter-louts-blunt-mets-antiknife-crime-weapon-6625847.html

  15. avatar Gunr says:

    So, at the whims of a judge, or magistrate, or what ever it is they call them, you can spend the rest of your life behind bars, just for having a particular gun in your possession!
    I wonder what would happen to an American tourist that always keeps a small hand gun concealed in his luggage, and forgot to remove it before hopping off to the jolly UK?

    1. avatar Farmer Tyler says:

      The bloody Yank will be charged with gun trafficking/illegal arms smuggling on top of his life sentence.

    2. avatar RT says:

      Well, considering you violated US law as well, you’re screwed either way. 😀

  16. avatar RT says:

    Hmmmm, I thought the French were surrender monkeys.

  17. avatar Nigil says:

    Life in prison for POSSESSING a gun. LIFE. I just can’t get over how absurd that is. What do they do to you if you should happen to actually use it in a crime? Steal your soul? Put your family in prison? They just get more and more retarded over there.

  18. avatar GS650G says:

    I bet the criminal element will be tripping over their feet to turn in their hardware, right?

  19. avatar Kevin says:

    That why i’m a American you want our guns it will be bullets first. That why we kicked your ass out of the colony’s.

  20. avatar Bungameng says:

    We get that in the Czech Republic periodically too. This year, one guy drove to a police station with an anti-tank canon. http://ostrava.idnes.cz/muz-pri-amnestii-na-zbrane-odevzdal-casti-pevnostniho-kanonu-pth-/ostrava-zpravy.aspx?c=A140804_2087901_ostrava-zpravy_dar

    The best part, however, is that the cops do their investigation whether the gun was involved in any crime and then they give it back to you if you still want it. You can get it back either disabled or, if you are firearm license holder, you can get it back fully functional & legalized (which may require other approvals , but the possibility is there).

  21. avatar Gordon says:

    At least the Brits have the decency to call it what it really is.

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