Gel blasters and replica guns surrendered for National Firearms Amnesty
A collection of gel blasters and replica guns were recently handed into Gungahlin station as the National Firearms Amnesty continues. More than 400 firearms have been surrendered to ACT Policing since the amnesty began on 1 July, including handguns, shotguns, rifles, gel blasters and a flame-thrower.
While the ACT Policing Exhibition Management Centre in Mitchell is closed during the ACT’s COVID-19 lockdown, Canberrans can still surrender their firearms and firearm-related items by calling the ACT Firearms Registry to arrange a collection or a drop-off time at a local police station.
“Even though the Firearms Registry in Mitchell is closed to the public during lockdown, anyone who wishes to surrender an unwanted or illegal firearm can arrange to have police attend any location within the ACT to collect it in a COVID-safe way,” ACT Firearms Registrar, Detective Sergeant Rod Swain said.
Chair of Crime Stoppers Australia and ACT Region Crime Stoppers, Diana Forrester said she hoped the early success of the National Firearms Amnesty would continue.
“The National Firearms Amnesty is an important initiative to keep our community safe. Unregistered firearms are a threat to our community and can fall into the hands of criminals, so I thank everyone who has come forward to surrender firearms,” Ms Forrester said.
Under the amnesty, people can surrender unwanted and unregistered firearms without fear of penalty. To arrange surrender of firearms or firearm-related items, contact the ACT Firearms Registry on 5162 9076 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have information about illegal firearms, you can anonymously report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or here.
For more information about the National Firearms Amnesty, visit the Crime Stoppers website