NSW gun amnesty un­der­way

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - On The Land -

The NSW firearm amnesty has now com­menced and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are urged to regis­ter or hand over to lo­cal Po­lice any il­le­gal firearms in their pos­ses­sion.

Lo­cal Mem­ber for Al­bury Mr Greg Aplin said the three month gun amnesty runs from 1 July to 30 Septem­ber 2018.

“Last year, nearly 25,000 firearms were net­ted by NSW Po­lice dur­ing the na­tional gun amnesty,” said Mr Aplin.

“Ev­i­dently, there are still firearms in the com­mu­nity that peo­ple no longer want or would like to regis­ter.

“Lo­cal res­i­dents have another chance to sur­ren­der un­wanted or pro­hib­ited weapons or become a re­spon­si­ble firearm owner and regis­ter their gun or ri­fle,” said Mr Aplin.

In 2017, nearly 8000 firearms were handed in for de­struc­tion in­clud­ing 951 hand­guns and 5558 shot­guns.

A fur­ther 2100 firearms were handed in for sale, while nearly 15,000 were handed in for reg­is­tra­tion, pro­vid­ing Po­lice with crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion on each weapon in­clud­ing the se­rial num­ber and the owner’s de­tails.

NSW Min­is­ter for Po­lice, Troy Grant said since last year’s gun amnesty there has been con­tin­ued in­ter­est from the com­mu­nity to dis­pose of un­wanted firearms without penalty.

“Whether the firearm was in­her­ited or found, the three-month amnesty pe­riod will al­low them to come for­ward and legally dis­pose or regis­ter it without fear of prose­cu­tion,” said Mr Grant.

“I’d also like to re­mind peo­ple – if you own a firearm, you have an obli­ga­tion to en­sure it is safely and se­curely stored at all times,” Mr Grant said.

Firearms and firearm-re­lated items can be sur­ren­dered un­der amnesty ar­range­ments at ap­proved drop-off points, which in­clude li­censed firearm deal­ers, mo­bile sta­tions, and po­lice sta­tions.

Un­der no cir­cum­stances should loaded firearms be taken into pub­lic places – in­clud­ing po­lice sta­tions.

Any­one with con­cerns about han­dling firearms or safely trans­port­ing them, can con­tact the NSW Po­lice Force Firearms Reg­istry on 1300 362 562 for as­sis­tance.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.po­lice.nsw. gov.au.

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