Weapon Surrender – Details (11490_17 )

Request

Hi could someone give me some details regarding the following post on your Facebook site, please?

https://m.facebook.com/westmidlandspolice/photos/a.10150791247715099.727875.81751285098/10159267971040099/?type=3

Was the rifle pictured handed in by a legal owner or had it been owned illegally?

What kind of weapon is it and what calibre of ammunition does it use?

Without prying into anyone’s personal details could you provide as much information as possible about the firearm and its history, please?

The article presents it as some kind of assault weapon and is written in quite an inflammatory fashion and I would like to see if the facts support this.

Response

Please find enclosed our response.

Was the rifle pictured handed in by a legal owner or had it been owned illegally?

It was handed in by a legitimate firearm certificate holder, who had simply decided he no longer wished to retain it. It was a voluntary surrender of a lawfully held weapon, not a criminal seizure.

What kind of weapon is it and what calibre of ammunition does it use?

The weapon is an Anschutz MSR semi-automatic rifle, chambered to fire .22 Long Rifle cartridges. It accepts high capacity magazines, and will discharge one round each time the trigger is depressed, until the available ammunition is exhausted.

Without prying into anyone’s personal details could you provide as much information as possible about the firearm and its history, please?

We do not have any other recorded information.

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

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