The National Firearms Amnesty which commenced on 1 July is giving Australians an opportunity to hand in unregistered and unwanted firearms and improve community safety.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said that anyone with unwanted and unregistered firearms or firearm-related items has until 30 September to legally dispose of or register them at approved drop-off points.
“In Australia all firearms must be registered,” Mr Porter said.
“The national amnesty is an opportunity for any person who has an unregistered or unwanted firearm, such as a family heirloom, to get rid of it without fear of being prosecuted.
“People who participate in the amnesty will be helping to keep the community safe by ensuring unregistered firearms do not fall into the wrong hands.”
This is the first nation-wide gun amnesty since 1996, when the Howard Government took decisive action following the devastation of the Port Arthur Massacre.
Outside of the amnesty period, anyone caught with an unregistered firearm could face a fine of up to $280,000, up to 14 years in jail, and a criminal record.
“I encourage our community to take this opportunity to help remove unregistered firearms from the community,” Mr Porter said.
Information about individual state and territory requirements, including how and where to surrender firearms, can be found at www.firearmsamnesty.ag.gov.au or by calling 1800 909 826.