Hand in un­wanted firearms

Euroa Gazette - - AGRICULTURAL NEWS -

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.

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