More than 70 weapons have been surrendered at a weapon depot in Helmond. Over the past two weeks, Helmond hosted a weapon amnesty. This meant that people could hand in their weapons without punishment.
The amnesty took place inside the police station in the Kasteel-Traverse area of Helmond. Weapons could be left in different locked containers.
A variety of weapons
In total, 20 firearms and 1500 bullets were handed in, along with 9 alarm- and start-pistols, and 12 gas pressure guns. Further, 6 knives, 8 swords, sabres and machetes, and 3 slingshots were surrended.
A ‘good day’
There was a few raised eyebrows in the police station when one weapon in particular was handed in, known as a ‘goedendag’ (a ‘good day’). Mostly used as far back as the 13th and 14th centuries, this weapon consists of a sphere with sharp steel points (pictured).
The machete, a large cutting knife, also came as a surprise. ‘That is a special weapon. What do you do with that?’, said a police spokesperson.
Many old weapons were also returned. The spokesperson said that ‘it could be that those weapons were already in people’s houses for a long time. Or they could have inherited them.’
Source: Omroep Brabant and Dave Hendriks
Translator: Rachael Vickerman