GUN AMNESTY FAILS TO FIRE
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,.