Gun amnesty un­der way

Un­reg­is­tered firearms can be handed in

Chinchilla News - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW NEW­TON

GUN-FREE: Con­sta­ble Colby Craft (Chinchilla) is calling on peo­ple to hand in un­reg­is­tered firearms dur­ing the amnesty.

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