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Australia Says Gun Amnesty Netted 57,000 Illegal Weapons

More than 57,000 illegal firearms have been handed in from the community during Australia’s first ever national firearms amnesty.

The National Firearms Amnesty 2017 Report released today from the Department of Home Affairs revealed that 57,324 firearms were handed in across Australia, with almost 2,500 of these being fully-automatic and semi-automatic firearms.

Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor said this is a great example of what can be achieved when governments and the Australian public work together to make our communities safer.

“Taking these unregistered firearms off the streets means they will not fall into the hands of criminals, who might use them to endanger the lives of innocent Australians,” Mr Taylor said.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to removing illegal firearms from our community and tackling gun-related crime.”

“The next step of our ambitious agenda is passing our legislation that cracks down on gun trafficking,” Mr Taylor said.

“Labor has continually blocked this legislation, putting politics ahead of public safety.”

The National Firearms Amnesty ran from 1 July to 30 September 2017, with an average of 630 firearms handed in per day.

Questions regarding unregistered firearms should be directed to the relevant state or territory firearms registry.

The final report on the amnesty is available from the Department of Home Affairs website at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/busi/impo/proh/firearms-and-weapons.