Surrendered Firearms – No State Compensation

June 27, 2018

The Supreme Court of Appeal has confirmed that, where you voluntarily surrender a firearm to the State, you are not entitled to any compensation if it is (as is the usual practice) destroyed.

If on the other hand the firearm is retained by the State as being of “special value”, you may be entitled to apply for compensation – strangely, the applicable legislation allows such compensation in cases of compulsory forfeiture, but is unclear as to whether this extends to voluntary surrender.

In any event, unlawful possession of a firearm is an extremely serious offence, so take advice in any doubt.