Residents of North Queensland with unregistered firearms are being encouraged to take advantage of the National Firearms Amnesty to dispose of their firearm without fear of prosecution.
Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the National Amnesty, which commences on 1 July, is an opportunity for residents with unwanted or unregistered firearms or firearm related items to register or dispose of them safely and without penalty.
For three months, until September 30, anyone with unregistered and unwanted firearms or related items can legally dispose of or register them at approved drop-off points in each state and territory.
Residents in the Townsville region can drop their firearms at:
- Halls Firearms, 103 Charters Towers Road Hermit Park
- Pagan Firearms, Shop 3, 40 Anne Street Aitkenvale
- Townsville Gun Shop, Unit 1 54 Pilkington Street Garbutt
- Oakford Firearms, 4 Barbara Street Kelso
“In regional and remote areas, there’s a much higher chance that families, particularly those living and working on properties, may have an old, unregistered or unused firearm lying around,” Senator Macdonald said.
Unregistered firearms currently attract a fine of up to $280,000, up to 14 years in jail, and a criminal record, but this will not apply during the amnesty.
It is the first nation-wide gun amnesty since 1996, when the Howard Government took decisive action following the devastation of the Port Arthur Massacre, Senator Macdonald said.
There is no cost involved with handing in firearms or related items for destruction, and no personal details are required.
Information about how and where to surrender firearms can be found at www.firearmsamnesty.ag.gov.au. For specific locations in Queensland, visit https://firearmsamnesty.ag.gov.au/Pages/QLD-drop-off-points.aspx, or phone 1800 909 826.