The Government has recently announced a firearms amnesty, in place from 1st July to 30th September 2017.
The amnesty comes over twenty years after the famous 1996 amnesty, announced by then Prime Minister John Howard, following the tragedy that occurred at Port Arthur.
The 2017 amnesty is aimed at putting a dent in the estimated 260,000 illegal firearms believed to be in circulation within Australia. With rising gun crimes as well as the constant terror threat, the “no questions asked” amnesty is the latest step in protecting the community from gun and weapon-related crime.
This amnesty allows anyone to hand-in any firearms or related items (whether registered or not) with a guaranteed immunity from prosecution.
The items covered as part of the amnesty are as follows:
- Any firearm parts, such as barrels/triggers/frames etc;
- Silencers or any other suppressor;
- Knives, crossbows; and Vests
Firearms and related articles can be surrendered either for registration, sale or destruction at either a local police station or a licensed firearms dealer.
It is important to note that you should contact your local police station or licensed dealer prior to attending with any firearm or related article and NEVER take a loaded firearm in public.
Should you require any legal advice or assistance in relation to this amnesty or any other issue with respect to firearms or weapons in general, you should contact Bosscher Lawyers on (07) 3229 3166.