Firearm amnesty gets weapons off the Hills streets

OFF THE STREETS: Hills police Inspector Jim Szabo shows the firearms and items surrendered during the amnesty since July 1. The amnesty runs to September 30.

OFF THE STREETS: Hills police Inspector Jim Szabo shows the firearms and items surrendered during the amnesty since July 1. The amnesty runs to September 30.

MORE than a dozen unregistered firearms have been handed over to Hills police as part of a national initiative. 

NSW Police Force joined the National Firearms Amnesty to reduce the number of unregistered and unwanted firearms in Australia.

Deputy Commissioner Metropolitan Field Operations Jeff Loy said the amnesty provided an opportunity to register or give up an unregistered firearm without penalty.

“Unregistered and illegal firearms are a significant risk to our community, especially when they end up in the hands of criminals,” Deputy Commissioner Loy said. 

“There are hefty penalties for possessing unregistered or prohibited firearms, however amnesty  arrangements provide protection from prosecution, so now is the time to dispose of them.”

The firearms or related items can be legally disposed of, or registered without penalty from July 1 to September 30.

Details: firearmsamnesty.ag.gov.au.

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