The Courier-Mail

Per­ma­nent na­tional gun amnesty to start in 2020

- CLAIRE BICKERS Crime · Australia · Adelaide · Port Arthur · Jason Wood

GUN own­ers will be able to hand in their weapons, no ques­tions asked, from next year, when Aus­tralia launches a na­tional con­tin­u­ous gun amnesty.

All states and ter­ri­to­ries agreed to the first-ever con­tin­u­ous na­tion­wide amnesty yes­ter­day at a meet­ing of po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices min­is­ters in Ade­laide.

More than 57,000 weapons, in­clud­ing au­to­matic ri­fles, hand­guns and a rocket launcher were handed in when Aus­tralia held just a three-month amnesty in 2017 – the first since im­me­di­ately af­ter the Port Arthur mas­sacre.

Fed­eral As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Com­mu­nity Safety Ja­son Wood said a con­tin­u­ous gun amnesty would get more weapons off the streets.

“It’s very im­por­tant to keep firearms out of the fam­ily home if they’re not used any­more, and to keep them out of the hands of crim­i­nals,” he said.

Mr Wood, a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer, said the firearms in­dus­try and anti-gun lobby had been sup­port­ive of an amnesty in his talks with them.

It is an­tic­i­pated the ini­tia­tive will be launched in the sec­ond half of 2020, but de­tails of how it will work are still to be con­firmed.

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