Lo­cal cops wel­come national amnesty to avoid firearms fall­ing into wrong hands.

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Saskia Adysti and Laura Gru­bisa

Great South­ern po­lice say they are ready to fill their firearm cabi­net with sur­ren­dered weapons af­ter the na­tion­wide gun amnesty comes into ef­fect on July 1.

With in­creased num­bers of bur­glar­ies on ru­ral and res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in the re­gion, WA Po­lice is keen to take ad­van­tage of the three-month na­tion­wide gun amnesty and en­cour­aged lo­cals to sur­ren­der their un­li­censed firearms and am­mu­ni­tion to the po­lice with­out fear of pros­e­cu­tion.

Dur­ing this pe­riod, any guns sur­ren­dered to the po­lice will be taken with­out le­gal con­se­quences.

In March, Great South­ern po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Dom Wood said the num­ber of gun safe thefts had reached a con­cern­ing level.

Nar­ro­gin po­lice Se­nior Con­sta­ble Mike Bu­drovich said there had not been a spike within the Nar­ro­gin area, al­though a bur­glary that oc­curred sev­eral weeks ago did re­sult in firearms be­ing stolen.

“We think it was a chance find­ing rather than some­one tar­get­ing guns,” he said. “We are con­cerned as to who might have these guns so we’d like them to take the op­por­tu­nity to bring them in.”

Sen. Const. Bu­drovich said he oc­ca­sion­ally saw peo­ple bring in old fam­ily firearms that were un­li­censed dur­ing amnesty pe­ri­ods.

“If any­one has firearms that are un­li­censed, we re­quest that they bring them in and we dis­pose of them,” he said.

“We don’t want them get­ting into the wrong hands.”

WA Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said Aus­tralian Crim­i­nal In­tel­li­gence Com­mis­sion data have in­di­cated there about 250,000 il­le­gal firearms in Aus­tralia, but the WA num­ber is harder to de­fine.

In 2013, a three-month Statewide firearm amnesty re­sulted in 1281 be­ing handed in to WA Po­lice, in­clud­ing al­most 500 firearms from re­gional WA.

The amnesty runs from July 1 to Septem­ber 30.

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