Hand in unwanted firearms
HUNDEDS of firearms have already been handed in during the first months of National Firearms Amnesty.
The amnesty will be in place from July 1 to September 30 2017, during which time Victoria Police will not prosecute a person in possession of unregistered firearms, cartridge ammunition, imitation firearms or weapons for the purpose of surrender.
Non-prosecution will not extend to possession in any other circumstance.
The amnesty applies in all states and territories, and is so far being hailed as a success, with a total of 751 firearms surrendered in Victoria for registration, sale or destruction as of July 31.
In Victoria, any person who wants to surrender a firearm, firearm-related article (e.g. cartridge ammunition, barrels etc.) or weapon should surrender these items to a Licensed Firearms Dealer and not directly to police.
Where a person is appropriately licenced they may be able to register or sell surrendered items.
Items surrendered to licensed firearms dealers that are not acquired by appropriately licensed individuals will be forfeited to police for destruction.
Victoria Police will collect information about the items surrendered during the amnesty for reporting purposes and for registration of surrendered firearms using records kept by Licensed Firearms Dealers accepting surrendered items. This information not will be used to identify a person surrendering items under the amnesty.
If you have firearms or weapons for surrender that you think may have military or historical significance please contact the Victorian RSL on 9655 5555 to the potential to donate these items.