More than 100 firearms have been handed in to po­lice across the re­gion dur­ing the Na­tional Firearms Amnesty, but Nar­ro­gin po­lice have urged any­one with old or un­li­censed weapons to still hand them in.

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Although the Na­tional Firearms Amnesty has of­fi­cially ended, Nar­ro­gin Se­nior Sergeant John Bouw­man is still urg­ing peo­ple to hand in un­li­censed guns with­out the fear of penalty.

“Peo­ple can still hand in guns and we’ll treat it like it’s still un­der amnesty,” he said.

“They don’t have to worry about any­thing, we just want them to hand them in at the sta­tion.”

Al­most 100 firearms were sur­ren­dered to po­lice in the Great South­ern in the fi­nal two weeks of the amnesty, bring­ing the to­tal to 127 for the three-month pe­riod.

Only 44 firearms had been vol­un­tar­ily re­lin­quished by Sep- tem­ber 20, fol­lowed by a late flurry, which po­lice at­trib­uted to in­creased pub­lic­ity of the amnesty.

Great South­ern po­lice District Su­per­in­ten­dent Dom Wood said gun own­ers had one last op­por­tu­nity to hand in their firearms with­out fear of pros­e­cu­tion and thanked the com­mu­nity for their sup­port of the cam­paign.

“Those firearms are now in safe hands and can­not fall into the hands of crim­i­nals,” he said.

Across the State, a to­tal of 1242 firearms were sur­ren­dered to po­lice sta­tions, in­clud­ing 186 shot­guns, 860 ri­fles and 196 hand­guns, as well as 65,618 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion.

Sev­eral his­tor­i­cal firearms were also handed in and are now be­ing con­sid­ered for do­na­tion to his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties and mu­se­ums, in­clud­ing a BSA training ri­fle circa 1918 given to Katan­ning po­lice.

Katan­ning act­ing Sergeant Aaron Honey said he could con­firm the man who handed in the ri­fle was a mem­ber of the 31st Bat­tal­ion Field Ar­tillery Reg­i­ment that fought in France in World War I. Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said the re­sults of the amnesty were pleas­ing, con­sid­er­ing the last one was held only four years ago.

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

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

Pic­ture: Nar­ro­gin po­lice

Nar­ro­gin po­lice are still call­ing for guns to be handed in although the amnesty has fin­ished.

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