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Surrender or register illegal guns during amnesty

Published 17th May, 2018 in Police & Justice

Dispose of unwanted or unregistered guns during the statewide firearm amnesty from 1 July to 30 September 2018. 

Close up of triggers on a row of rifles

The NSW Government will hold statewide firearm amnesty to remove illegal firearms from the community. 

Firearms and firearm-related items can be surrendered during the firearm amnesty 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. 

Minister for Police Troy Grant said last year all Australian states participated in the National Firearms Amnesty and the response by NSW was outstanding.

“The NSW Police Force netted nearly 25,000 firearms from 7277 individuals during the three month campaign,” said Mr Grant.

“Of those 14,745 firearms were registered, providing Police with critical information on each weapon including the serial number and the owner’s details."

Deputy Commissioner Metropolitan Field Operations Jeff Loy, said there has been continued interest from the community to dispose of unwanted firearms without penalty.

“In 2017, we had nearly 8000 firearms handed in for destruction – including 951 handguns and 5558 shotguns – about 15,000 handed in for registration and 2100 handed in for sale,” Deputy Commissioner Loy said.

“This is another opportunity for people to get rid of any firearm or parts without the fear of prosecution.”

Learn more about firearms regulation in NSW

Anyone with information concerning gun crime in NSW should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously and may help Police get illegal guns off the street, and save lives in the process.

Published 17th May, 2018 in Police & Justice
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