National Firearms Amnesty announced
Posted on 22/06/2017
The National Firearms Amnesty will commence on July 1, giving Australians an opportunity to hand in unregistered and unwanted firearms and improve community safety.
This is the first nation-wide gun amnesty since 1996, and offers the chance to dispose of firearms without fear of being prosecuted.
For three months, until September 30, anyone with unwanted and unregistered firearms or firearm-related items can legally dispose of (at no cost) or register them at approved drop-off points.
Outside of 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.
During the amnesty, firearms, firearm parts and/or ammunition may be surrendered to police or participating licensed dealers. A list of participating licensed dealers is available on the South Australian Police Firearms Branch website and on the Find a drop-off point page.
Under no circumstances should loaded firearms be taken into a public place, including a police station or licensed firearms dealer.