Re­gion lays down 967 firearms

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MORE than 900 firearms were sur­ren­dered in the south­ern polic­ing re­gion as part of the na­tion-wide amnesty clear­ing il­le­gal, un­reg­is­tered and un­wanted weapons.

The 967 firearms was the sec­ond high­est in the state be­hind the cen­tral po­lice re­gion, and frac­tion of the 16,126 col­lected for ei­ther regis­tra­tion, sake-keep­ing or de­struc­tion.

The south­ern polic­ing re­gion stretches from Bri­bie Is­land in the far east to the NSW and South Aus­tralian bor­ders.

“This amnesty will help keep our com­mu­nity safe by en­sur­ing those firearms don’t fall into the wrong hands,” Queens­land Po­lice Deputy Com­mis­sioner Bob Gee said.

“Any firearm in the wrong hands can have tragic con­se­quences.”

Statewide, cat­e­gory A firearms in­clud­ing shot­guns and rim-fire ri­fles were the most com­mon weapons handed in with 6528 pro­cessed by po­lice.

That was fol­lowed by 2546 Cat­e­gory B weapons, then 396 Cat­e­gory H weapons.

Cat­e­gory R weapons, which in­clude ma­chine guns, firearms ca­pa­ble of fir­ing 50 cal­i­bre BMG car­tridge am­mu­ni­tion, and grenade and rocket launch­ers, made up just 28 of the to­tal num­ber handed to po­lice statewide.

“The quan­tity of firearms sur­ren­dered has been very pos­i­tive,” Po­lice Min­is­ter Mark Ryan said.

“It has shown Queens­lan­ders want our state to be a safe place.

“Re­duc­ing un­reg­is­tered firearms im­proves pub­lic safety.”


OFF THE STREETS: The fi­nal num­ber of guns sur­ren­dered un­der the Na­tional Firearms Amnesty has been re­leased.

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