National Firearms Amnesty: guns handed in at Dubbo among strong statewide response

A Lithgow made Lee Enfield, an army cadet rifle and percussion cap pistol are among the more unusual guns handed in to Orange police. At Dubbo 10 guns have been handed in so far. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA
A Lithgow made Lee Enfield, an army cadet rifle and percussion cap pistol are among the more unusual guns handed in to Orange police. At Dubbo 10 guns have been handed in so far. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA

Guns from the Orana Local Area Command are among more than 6000 unregistered firearms that have been handed over so far in the National Firearms Amnesty.

NSW Police reported of the strong response across the state after the first five weeks of the three-month surrender.

Ten firearms had been presented to Dubbo Police Station so far, Inspector Jason Pietruszka said on Friday.

A smaller number had also been handed in at Narromine and Wellington.

The inspector reiterated calls for people with unregistered firearms to hand them in before the deadline - and avoid penalties later on.

Across NSW, from July 1 to August 7, about 2400 firearms and firearm-related items had been surrendered, more than 3320 had been handed in for registration and 740 had been acquired by dealers.

Firearms surrendered to police and dealers to Monday included 1700 rifles, 460 shotguns and nearly 200 handguns.

Surrendered items of interest include four SKS assault rifles, a 9mm homemade sub-machine gun, a Colt AR-15 rifle, M1 carbine, a .44 calibre magnum revolver, and a Leader Dynamics T2 MK5 assault rifle.

A historical rifle made at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory was among the items handed in to Orange police.

And speaking from Walgett, Chief Inspector Tony Mureau said guns were being handed in in the Castlereagh Local Area Command as part of the amnesty to both police station and firearm dealers.

Forensic services branch Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Hoffman said there had been a strong community response so far.

“We are pleased the people of NSW have made a statement supporting NSW Police in reducing the number of unregistered and unwanted firearms,” Detective Chief Inspector Hoffman said.

“We’ve also received more than 110 prohibited weapons including samurai swords, knives, and other edged weapons.”

Detective Chief Inspector Hoffman said it was important people took the necessary measures to handle and transport firearms safely.

“For safety reasons we encourage the community to contact the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry for assistance to ensure firearms are safe before being handed in,” he said.

“The amnesty runs until the end of September so there is still time to legally dispose or register firearms without penalty.”

Firearms and firearm-related items can be surrendered under amnesty arrangements at approved drop-off points, which include licensed firearm dealers, mobile stations, and police stations.

Under no circumstances should loaded firearms be taken into public places – including police stations.

For more information visit www.firearmsamnesty.ag.gov.au or call 1800 803 041.