Gun amnesty under way
Unregistered firearms can be handed in
GUN owners are free to hand in or register their unregistered firearms without fear of being charged during a gun amnesty that runs from now until September 30.
Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan and Commissioner Ian Stewart are aiming to reduce the number of unregistered firearms in Queensland.
Anyone who has an unregistered firearm or firearm-related article in their possession – for whatever reason – will have the chance to legally dispose of it or register it without penalty.
“There is no doubt that reducing unregistered firearms improves public safety,” Mr Ryan said.
“We are encouraging Queenslanders to take advantage of the amnesty to register or surrender their firearm without fear of prosecution.”
Commissioner Stewart said this is the time to act.
“Not only will all participants avoid prosecution and the risk of being fined up to $60,000, they will also help keep our community safe by ensuring unregistered firearms don’t fall into the wrong hands,” Comm Stewart said.
“Firearms and firearm-related items should be handed in at licensed firearms dealers.
“A detailed list of all participating dealers is on the Queensland Police website at www.police.qld. gov.au.
“Alternatively, contact 1800 909 826.
“In the case where a dealer is not accessible, these items can be handed in at a police station.
“Please contact the station to give prior notice before attending.
“This is a great opportunity now for people to either register or surrender their firearms, and make this amnesty a success.”
GUN-FREE: Constable Colby Craft (Chinchilla) is calling on people to hand in unregistered firearms during the amnesty.