Na­tional amnesty

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS / WELCOME -

THE Na­tional Firearms Amnesty has be­gun this month, giv­ing Aus­tralians an op­por­tu­nity to hand in un­reg­is­tered and un­wanted firearms and im­prove com­mu­nity safety.

This is the first na­tion­wide gun amnesty since 1996, when the Howard Gov­ern­ment took de­ci­sive ac­tion fol­low­ing the dev­as­ta­tion of the Port Arthur mas­sacre.

While there have been state-based amnesties since then, it is again time that we give ev­ery Aus­tralian the chance to dis­pose of firearms with­out fear of be­ing pros­e­cuted.

For three months, un­til Septem­ber 30, any­one with un­wanted and un­reg­is­tered firearms or firearm-re­lated items can legally dis­pose of or reg­is­ter them at ap­proved drop-off points in each state and ter­ri­tory.

There isn’t any cost in­volved with hand­ing in firearms or re­lated items for de­struc­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone 1800 909 826.

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