Following the success of last year’s firearms amnesty, NSW Police has announced a second chance for MIA residents to hand in their unregistered or illegal firearms.
Over the course of a three month period last year, it’s estimated over 250 firearms were given up across the Murrumbidgee Police District. Police say 24,831 firearms and 1898 firearm parts were netted for sale, destruction or registration.
Murrumbidgee Police District inspector Nick Seddon said people could hand over their firearms without the fear of penalty.
“I would encourage anyone who may be in possession of a firearm, a firearm part or ammunition that is not registered or no longer wanted, to take the opportunity to surrender them to your local police station,” he said.
“Please ensure that the firearm is unloaded and you practise safe handling practices when surrendering them.”
Anyone with an unregistered firearm or firearm part will have the chance to dispose of it between July 1 and September 30. Approved drop-off points for sale or registration include licensed firearm dealers.
Community members are also able to surrender their firearms at local police stations.
Inspector Seddon said the amnesty provides everyday members of the community with the chance to hand over a firearm that they might not otherwise be able to safely get rid of.
“The bigger the idea of this is to get guns out of the community that are unregistered or can’t be registered or are perhaps in the possession of someone who can’t obtain a firearms license,” he said.
“Instead of putting it in the back of the cupboard and hoping no one will find it, here is your opportunity to come and hand it into the police station no questions asked.”
“I would encourage anyone who may be in possession of a firearm, a firearm part or ammunition that is not registered or no longer wanted, to take the opportunity to surrender them to your local police station."Inspector Nick Seddon
Deputy Commissioner Regional NSW Field Operations Gary Worboys, said gun theft is a major concern in regional areas.
“We are working hard to address the issue of firearm theft and it’s important we all work together and have the support of licensed firearm owners to make sure people who own guns keep them stored safely and securely,” he said.
“Every firearm captured in the amnesty is one we previously knew nothing about and risked falling into the hands of criminal gangs or organised crime syndicates.”
Anyone concerned about handling or safely transporting firearms can contact the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry on 1300 362 562. For more information visit www.police.nsw.gov.au.