His­toric firearms are among amnesty haul

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Sjanna San­dalova

Katan­ning po­lice have taken a step back in time after be­ing handed two his­toric firearms dur­ing the fi­nal days of the Na­tional Firearms Amnesty.

Both ri­fles are mil­i­tary firearms used by the Aus­tralian Army dur­ing both world wars and are be­lieved to date back to the early 1900s.

One firearm is un­der­stood to be a sin­gle-shot lever ac­tion train­ing ri­fle prior to be­ing is­sued with the stan­dard Lee En­field .303 ri­fle, prom­i­nent with Bri­tish Armed Forces.

“I was able to con­firm the sol­dier, who will re­main name­less, was a mem­ber of the 31st Bat­tal­ion Field Ar­tillery Reg­i­ment who fought in France in World War 1,” Katan­ning’s Act­ing Sergeant Aaron Honey said.

Sen. Sgt Honey also said the WA Mu­seum was look­ing at in­clud­ing the firearm in its col­lec­tion.

The Na­tional Firearms Amnesty ran from the start of July to the end of Septem­ber.

Katan­ning po­lice re­ceived more than 25 firearms and nu­mer­ous rounds of am­mu­ni­tion. “Katan­ning po­lice would like to thank the public for their re­sponse to the amnesty,” Sen. Sgt Honey said.

Even though the amnesty is over, Katan­ning po­lice are still call­ing for un­li­censed firearms and am­mu­ni­tion to be handed in with­out reper­cus­sions.

Pic­tures: Katan­ning po­lice

Se­nior Sergeant Si­mon Un­der­wood with a por­tion of firearms re­trieved dur­ing the amnesty.

Pic­ture: Sjanna San­dalova

A Greener Mar­tini ac­tion breech load­ing ri­fle and an En­field 303 cal­i­bre/lith­gow, 1918.

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