Satte-wide firearms amnesty to be held again this year

Firearms handed in from the Hume last year.
Firearms handed in from the Hume last year.

The NSW Police Force, with the support of the NSW Government is launching a state-wide Firearms Amnesty following the success of last year’s national campaign.

During the 2017 National Firearms Amnesty, more than 26,700 firearms and firearm-related items were handed in for destruction in NSW, prompting another operation to further reduce the number of unregistered and unwanted firearms in the community.

During the three month period last year 163 guns and 3090 rounds of ammunition were handed surrendered in the Highlands alone. 

In the whole of the Hume Local Area Command 369 firearms and 5019 rounds of ammunition were surrendered.

Anyone with an unregistered firearm or firearm-related item in their possession will have the chance to legally dispose, or register it without penalty between July 1 to September 30, 2018.

During last year’s the amnesty, several authorities across the country reported vintage and rare guns being handed in, including a shotgun from the Vietnam War and a luger pistol from World War I.

Outside of the amnesty, 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.

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