GUN AMNESTY FAILS TO FIRE

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Gizelle Ghidella

THERE ap­pear to be no il­le­gal gun hold­ers in the Dou­glas Shire – so far.

The Port Dou­glas and Moss­man Po­lice sta­tions haven’t re­ceived any firearms dur­ing the Na­tional Firearms amnesty.

Moss­man of­fi­cer in charge Sergeant Matt Smith said Dou­glas Shire res­i­dents should take the chance to avoid a fine or jail time by hand­ing in their un­law­ful firearms.

“Peo­ple can come and hand in the weapon no ques­tions asked, get them put on their li­cence or we can hold them while they be­come ap­pro­pri­ately li­censed, with­out fear of pros­e­cu­tion,” he said.

“Oth­er­wise at some point you’ll get caught with them and face a fine or jail time.”

There are plenty of li­censed firearms in the shire.

“We have large amount of peo­ple with li­cences in our area, al­though it’s not com­pletely out of the or­di­nary as we’re a farm­ing town,” said Sgt Smith.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice data­base there are just over 1000 ad­dresses in Moss­man and 275 in Port Dou­glas, la­belled a li­censed weapon stor­age lo­ca­tion.

Sergeant Smith said the po­lice con­ducted reg­u­lar weapons in­spec­tions at the li­censed lo­ca­tions and there were strin­gent checks and poli­cies in place.

Sgt Sergeant Smith said he wanted to see as many un­law­ful firearms off the street as pos­si­ble.

“We don’t want these weapons in the wrong hands,” he said.

“There’s no rea­son for any­one to have un­law­ful firearms and there’s cer­tainly no need to have any semi-au­to­matic weapons,” he said.

“We un­der­stand some weapons out there aren’t regis­tered be­cause they’ve just been passed down through time, some hold sen­ti­men­tal or mon­e­tary value.

The amnesty ends on Septem­ber 30 and res­i­dents hold­ing an un­law­ful weapon are en­cour­aged to sur­ren­der it to their near­est po­lice sta­tion.

Sgt Matthew Smith of Moss­man Po­lice,.

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