Gun amnesty starts on July 1

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During the national gun amnesty residents can surrender their guns or gun parts at any WA police station without fear of being prosecuted.

 

YANCHEP and Gingin residents can surrender unlicensed guns or gun parts during a national firearms amnesty, which aims to reduce the number of unregistered or illegal guns on the streets.

During the nation-wide gun amnesty, which starts on July 1, Western Australians can surrender their guns or gun parts at any WA police station without fear of being prosecuted.

Where suitable, WA Police will also allow those handing in the firearms to apply to have them registered.

The amnesty will run for three months and end on September 30.

A previous amnesty held by WA Police resulted in more than 1200 guns being surrendered.

But people are asked to plan ahead and call first, before visiting their police station.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said when guns fell into the wrong hands there could be terrible and tragic outcomes.

“For whatever reason, people may be in possession of an unlicensed firearm,’’ she said.

“It’s possible relatives of deceased family members have come across guns in their loved one’s estate and are not sure what to do with them.

“This is an opportunity to hand them in without fear of being prosecuted.”