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NSW residents can surrender their guns to NSW Police in an annual statewide amnesty aimed at reducing the black market in firearms.
The campaign follows a successful national amnesty in 2017, which saw nearly 25,000 unregistered firearms presented to NSW Police alone.
Announcing the amnesty on Wednesday, Police Minister Troy Grant said it was an important initiative and an opportunity for the government to do more to increase public safety.
“NSW residents have another chance to do the right thing and either surrender unwanted or prohibited weapons or become a responsible owner and register their firearm,” Mr Grant said.
...grab this opportunity to take more firearms away from thieves… that use them for bad in our community
Last years campaign was the first national firearm amnesty since former Prime Minister John Howard introduced tougher gun ownership laws following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.
In 2017, around 15,000 illegal firearms were surrendered for registration, whilst an additional 8,000 were destroyed and 2,100 resold in NSW.
The success of last year's campaign has prompted the 2018 amnesty.
Deputy Police Commissioner Metropolitan Field Operations Jeff Loy pledged his support for this year's amnesty
“This is another opportunity for people to get rid of any firearm or parts without the fear of prosecution,” Mr Loy said.
“We [NSW Police] don’t want to be confronted with firearms… but we also want people to have the opportunity to run their farms, control vermin, to partake in sporting activities.”
“I would implore people across country NSW and the state to grab this opportunity to take more firearms away from thieves… that use them for bad in our community.”
The firearms amnesty will start on July 1 and continue until September 30, 2018.
Shadow Police Minister Guy Zangari said any illegal guns on streets puts community safety at risk and he welcomed any move which further supported NSW Police.