Air weapon amnesty extended
More than 11,000 air weapons have been handed into police stations across Scotland as part of a police campaign – with 139 in Shetland during last month.
Police have said the Air Weapon Surrender programme has brought in 11,569 air weapons, with 1,107 surrendered in the highland and islands division.
The Shetland figure was collected between 12th and 21st June. Officers said the majority of weapons have been sent for destruction.
Police Scotland said it has extended the amnesty until 31st December 2016 and said arrangements are in place at all police stations within the division to allow for any unwanted weapons to be handed in for destruction.
Members of the public who no longer wish to keep an air weapon are encouraged to hand it in to their nearest police station before the end of the year.
Officers can collect air weapons in more remote areas by calling 101.
Police said the new licensing regime is not a ban on air weapons but a way people can use air weapons in a regulated way without compromising public safety.
Information of how to apply can be found at http://www.scotland.police.uk/
They added to keep or use an air weapon after 31st December 2016 without a licence could result in prosecution under the Air Weapon and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 which carries penalties of a fine or up to two years imprisonment.