More than 20 thousands guns surrendered during amnesty

More than 26 thousands firearms have been surrendered as the three-month national firearm amnesty draws to a close.

They’ve come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from a World War One pistol to machine guns and hand grenades.

The amnesty, which ends on September 30, offers a safe window for people to hand in or register a firearm without penalty.


The program is a continuation of the scheme introduced by former Prime Minister John Howards to impose stronger sanctions on gun control after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996.

This year, Australians have handed in approximately 464 firearms per day.

In Queensland, police discovered 26 surrendered guns had been stolen and another 1,618 were unregistered.

Police Minister, Mark Ryan, said one of the more interesting firearms surrendered was a pocket revolver from the 1800’s.

“The gentleman said he wasn’t really a gun person and wanted to hand it in so that it could possibly be forwarded to a museum,” the Minister said in a statement.

“One of our officers did some research and it appears it is a 7mm pin file action two shot revolver that may have been made in Belgium between 1860 and 1890.

Anyone wanting to surrender a firearm has until September 30 and should hand over the weapon at their local firearms dealer, rather than a police station.