Gun amnesty uncovers relic rifles
This rifle may not be the oldest relic handed in to WA police during a national gun amnesty but is probably one of the most dilapidated.
The gun and remains of two other rifles, which were found by a shire worker cleaning up debris at a former abattoir site in the Mid West town of Wiluna, are among about 540 weapons surrendered since the amnesty started on July 1.
Police have been told the three rusty rifles were believed have been at the old abattoir since the 1970s.
They would use serial numbers to try to trace the origins of the weapons, which were believed to be from about 1900.
Firearms licensing Insp. Jeff Andrijasevich said while some of the firearms handed to authorities were very old, most were in working order and would be dangerous and frightening if wielded during a crime.
“We’ve had sawn-off shotguns, a couple of sawn-off rifles and a homemade pistol, so it’s great to get those off the streets,” he said.
“I’m particularly happy with the number of handguns that are being handed in — almost 90 so far.
“They’re concealable, they’re more of a threat in my eyes, but every firearm we can take off the street that’s unlicensed is going to improve community safety.”
The Federal Government launched the three-month amnesty amid fears unsecured weapons could be used in terror attacks.
Insp. Andrijasevich said WA held a gun amnesty in 2013 and more than 1200 weapons were handed in.
The dilapidated rifle.