National Firearms Amnesty
Western Australians are encouraged to hand in unlicensed firearms as part of a national amnesty, commencing 1 July.
The amnesty is an opportunity for members of the public to surrender any unlicensed firearms that they have in their possession without fear of prosecution.
“This is a great chance to remove these firearms from our community,” Acting Commissioner of Police Gary Dreibergs said.
“We are putting out the welcome mat. Bring us your unlicensed firearms and ammunition without fear of prosecution.”
Under the amnesty, members of the public can surrender unlicensed firearms to their local police station.
Where suitable, the person surrendering the firearm will have an opportunity to have it licensed, to sell it, otherwise it will be destroyed.
A similar campaign conducted in 2013 resulted in 1281 firearms and about 80,000 rounds of ammunition being surrendered.
“That’s 1281 guns off our streets, which is a great result for the community and for our officers,” Mr Dreibergs said.
“We’re keen to replicate that success during this three month amnesty which finishes in September.”
If you have any queries, please contact 9454 1347 or 1300 071 011.
Anyone with information about illicit firearms in the community is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by visiting the Crime Stoppers website, where information is confidential and rewards are offered.