National Firearms Amnesty

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National Firearms Amnesty

Australia’s first National Firearms Amnesty aimed at reducing the number of unregistered firearms in our community runs from 1 July to 30 September 2017.

During the three-month amnesty, anyone can hand in unregistered firearms or firearm-related items for registration or surrender at approved drop-off points without penalty and without fear of prosecution.

In Australia, it is illegal to have an unregistered firearm. Outside of the amnesty period, anyone caught with an unregistered firearm could face a fine of up to $280,000, 14 years in jail, and a criminal record.

It is important to remove unregistered firearms from the community because of the risks they carry – they have been proven to end up in the hands of people with criminal intent. For example, Man Haron Monis used an unregistered shotgun during the Lindt Café Siege.

Amnesty participants do not need to provide personal details if they surrender a firearm or firearm-related article for destruction – there is a no questions asked policy. There is also no cost involved with handing in firearms or related items for destruction.

This amnesty is as much about giving families a chance to get rid of an old heirloom as it is about getting guns off our streets. 

Information about individual state and territory requirements, including how and where to surrender firearms, can be found at www.firearmsamnesty.ag.gov.au  or by calling 1800 909 826.

Over 12,500 firearms surrendered during National Firearms Amnesty


More than 12,500 firearms have been surrendered across Australia in the first month of the National Firearms Amnesty, with Australians handing an average of 400 firearms every day of the Amnesty to date.

I encourage Australians to continue to take advantage of the Amnesty, which continues until September 30, to help remove unregistered firearms from the community.

Already there are 12,500 fewer firearms in our communities. These were firearms that were at risk of ending up in the wrong hands. As we know, just one firearm in the wrong hands can be deadly.

Rare items of historical significance have been handed in, including heirlooms from WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War. Queensland police have also received a rifle dating back to 1874.

This is the first nation-wide gun amnesty since 1996, when the Howard Government took decisive action following the devastation of the Port Arthur Massacre.

The Amnesty allows anyone with an unwanted and unregistered firearm or firearm-related items to legally dispose of or register them at approved drop-off points in each state and territory.

There is no cost involved with handing in or surrendering a firearm, and no personal details are required.
Outside the current amnesty period, anyone caught with an unregistered firearm could face a fine of up to $280,000, up to 14 years in jail, and a criminal record.

Information about individual state and territory requirements, including how and where to surrender firearms, can be found at www.firearmsamnesty.ag.gov.au or by calling 1800 909 826.

Firearms handed in to July 31, 2017:

Jurisdiction Unregistered firearms received
NSW 6,400 (NSW up to 7 August)
Qld 3,500
Vic 751
Tas 696
SA 687
ACT 159
WA 301
NT 59

 

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