I have just confiscated a spring powered pellet rifle from a youth family member and am looking for the relevant law around either A) storing it for later disposal or B) disposing of it asap. I know that some spring loaded pellet rifles can be considered an offensive weapon and I would really rather not be in possession of this item, however if it is legal for me to store it in a disabled state I would prefer to do that for the time being. I have no ammo for it and have disabled the mechanism.
Am I breaking the law by having possession of this item presently? (I do not have a Firearms Licence) If so can I hand it in to the Police for them to dispose of it?