Amnesty draws guns

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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.

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