Gun amnesty ending soon

There’s less than a month left to hand in firearms and firearm-related items under the current National Firearms Amnesty.

Local police say an average two guns a day have been handed in locally, mostly guns that have been in families for years, and urge anyone who hasn’t taken advantage of the amnesty yet to do so.

“It’s an amnesty, there are no questions asked if you don’t want to leave any details,” Sgt Brad Russell said.

The amnesty is an opportunity to register or sell unregistered firearms, no questions asked, or surrender them.

In Forbes, you can deliver guns to Forbes Police Station or registered dealer Central West Ductwork.

Since the amnesty commenced on July 1, 14,466 firearms and firearm-related items have been handed in for registration, sale or destruction across NSW.

This includes 5886 firearms surrendered to police and dealers, 7204 handed in for registration and 1376 acquired by dealers.

There have also been 170 prohibited weapons surrendered to police.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Dave Donohue, Major Events and Incident Group Commander, said the results were encouraging.

“We have received a strong response from the community so far and it’s telling us that people are keen to do the right thing,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Donohue said.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Donohue said it’s important people take the necessary measures to handle and transport firearms safely.

“We are continuing to encourage people to use this opportunity to register or surrender firearms until 30 September,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Donohue said.

“There are hefty penalties for possessing unregistered or prohibited firearms, so now is the time to dispose of them without penalty.”

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

For more information visit www.firearmsamnesty.ag.gov.au or call 1800 803 041.