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