Gun amnesty is back in the Hume Police District

Young residents have another opportunity to hand in any unregistered and unwanted firearms with the Hume Police District joining another state-wide firearms amnesty.

HANDED IN: A NSW Police Officer destroying some of the guns handed in during the 2017 amnesty. Photo: NSW Police.

HANDED IN: A NSW Police Officer destroying some of the guns handed in during the 2017 amnesty. Photo: NSW Police.

After the success of the 2017 Gun Amnesty the Hume Police District and New South Wales Police Force are once again holding its gun amnesty.

Anyone with a firearm-related item or an unregistered firearm in their possession will have the chance to legally dispose, or register it without penalty between July 1 and September 30, 2018. 

During the 2017 Firearms Amnesty, more than 26,700 firearms and firearm-related items were handed in for destruction, sale and registration in NSW with 140 items handed in through the former Cootamundra Local Area Command.

Hume Police District Superintendent Christopher Schilt said the amnesty provides an opportunity to register or give up an unregistered firearm without penalty.

“Unregistered and illegal firearms are a significant risk to our community, especially when they end up in the hands of criminals,” he said. 

“There are hefty penalties for possessing unregistered or prohibited firearms. However, amnesty arrangements provide protection from prosecution, so now is the time to dispose of them.”

NSW Police footage of guns handed in during the 2017 Gun Amnesty.

Superintendent Schilt also reminded firearm licence holders of their legal responsibility and encouraged owners to keep firearms at their primary residence as opposed to locations infrequently habited.

"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," he said. 

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

"Unregistered firearms are a problem, and this amnesty is just one way Police are dealing with the issue."

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

For more information visit www.firearmsamnesty.ag.gov.au.