200 guns seized in Queensland each month

Staggering figures from police have revealed more than 200 guns are being seized every month in Queensland.

3057 firearms were collected by Queensland Police in 2015, and a further 610 in just the first three months of this year.

As part of an operation targeting criminals and expired licenses, the number of seizures in the state has risen by nearly 70 per cent since 2010, when 1822 were seized.


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Not included in the figures are firearms voluntarily handed over to police – as part of a gun amnesty currently being negotiated by the federal government and states.

In 2013, more than 19,000 were surrendered as part of a three-month amnesty in the state.

While this figure may seem promising, firearms policy researcher Dr Samara McPhedran from Griffith University, urges the government to be realistic about what those amnesties will achieve.

 

“While it sounds like a cliche it’s true to say criminals don’t hand in their guns,” she said.

GUNS SEIZED BY POLICE IN QUEENSLAND:

* 2010: 1822

* 2011: 1971

* 2012: 2045

* 2013: 2756

* 2014: 2400

* 2015: 3057

* 2016: 610 (as of March 31)