Illegal and unregistered firearms the focus of amnesty

Central Goldfields residents are being urged to hand in unwanted, illegal or unregistered firearms over the next few months as part of an amnesty.

The amnesty period, which began on Friday last week, allows members of the public to surrender firearms and weapons to police stations without fear of prosecution.

Central Goldfields is one of 12 local government areas involved in the amnesty including Mount Alexander, Loddon, Campaspe, Greater Bendigo and Macedon Ranges.

It is the first time an amnesty has been held in Victoria since the Australia-wide three month amnesty in 2017, where more than 3400 items were surrendered in Victoria Police’s western region.

Superintendent Paul Margetts said the community has until the end of December to present to police any illegal or unwanted firearms for them to be destroyed.

“There are currently more than 856,000 registered firearms across the state, but it’s the unregistered firearms and dangerous weapons in the community that Victoria Police is constantly trying to reduce,” he said.

Residents are encouraged to ring their local police station before bringing items in.

All firearms must be wrapped in paper, plastic or cloth and transported to a police station in a safe and secure manner.

Anyone who has a registered firearm can hand the item to a licensed firearm dealer at any time for sale or destruction.

Local residents can drop off firearms at their local police station or Maryborough’s licensed firearms dealer Golden Flash Cartridge until December 31, 2019.

For more on this story see Page 5 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, November 5

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