Surrender and compensation scheme in Scotland for certain offensive weapons: guidance

This guidance provides detailed information on why a Surrender and Compensation Scheme in Scotland for certain offensive weapons is necessary. It also provides guidance on how to surrender an eligible weapon to Police Scotland and receive compensation if appropriate.

5. How to claim compensation

The Surrender of Offensive Weapons (Compensation) (Scotland) Regulations 2022 and the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Amendment, Surrender and Compensation) (Scotland) Order 2022 provide the legal framework for the compensation of items surrendered. If you want to claim compensation for any item(s) that you are surrendering, you need to download the 'Surrender and Compensation Scheme Claim Form' from, or request one from the Scottish Government's Criminal Law, Practice & Licensing Unit and complete the Claim Form and hand it over to the police when you surrender the item(s).

You will need to complete all relevant sections of the form, including personal details and an email address for contacting you. You must submit your claim form to the police at the same time you surrender items to them. Claims submitted at a different time or on a later date will not be accepted.



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