Amnesty draws guns
More than 200 firearms have been surrendered in Victoria in the first two months of the National Firearms Amnesty.
Owners have handed in 2150 rifles, shotguns and handguns as well as a number of knives, imitation firearms and quantities of ammunition.
The eastern region of Victoria, which covers Forest Hill to Bairnsdale, topped the list with 956 firearms surrendered.
The amnesty was the most effective in Victoria for more than a decade, Superintendent Paul Millett said.
‘‘These results are very encouraging,’’ he said.
‘‘This is more than 2000 firearms that would otherwise be at greater risk of ending up in the wrong hands.’’
Victorians have until September 30 to surrender unregistered and unwanted weapons to licensed firearms dealers without fear of prosecution.
The increased threat of terrorism and a flood of illegal guns in the country led to the Federal Government announcing in June the first nationwide gun amnesty since the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.