Firearms amnesty: Australian gun owners given three-months grace to surrender illegal firearms

File Photo: Australians are encouraged to hand in unwanted and unregistered firearms during the National Firearms Amnesty.

File Photo: Australians are encouraged to hand in unwanted and unregistered firearms during the National Firearms Amnesty.

For three months, until September 30, anyone with unwanted and unregistered firearms or firearm-related items can legally dispose of or register them at approved drop-off points including the NSW police stations at Armidale, Guyra, Glen Innes, Walcha and Tenterfield. 

There is no cost involved with handing in firearms for destruction. 

The federal government announced the plan this week, in a bid to reduce the pool of illegal firearms in Australia and tackle the increased threat of terrorism. The amnesty will begin on July 1.

Outside 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. 

More information about how and where to surrender firearms is available on the National Firearms Amnesty website or by calling 1800 909 826. 

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