Amnesty a suc­cess

Hills Gazette - - OPINION -

MORE than 1200 guns were sur­ren­dered in WA dur­ing the three­month na­tional gun amnesty, which ended on Satur­day night.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said it had ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.

“Be­cause a pre­vi­ous amnesty was held in 2013, we had not ex­pected to get such high num­bers this time around,” she said.

“What it means is there are now 1242 fewer il­le­gal guns which will no longer have the potential to fall into the hands of crim­i­nals.

“Dis­turbingly, among the sur­ren­dered items was an as­sort­ment of high-pow­ered weapons that had been mod­i­fied, pre­sum­ably for no other rea­son than crim­i­nal pur­poses.

“I’m pleased to say these are now on the way to the scrap heap.”

Firearms handed in in­cluded 186 shot­guns, 860 ri­fles, 196 hand­guns and 65,618 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion.

His­toric firearms will be con­sid­ered for do­na­tion to his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties or mu­se­ums.

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