Over 20,000 firearms handed over in NSW

GUN AMNESTY: Over 20,000 firearms handed over in NSW. Photo: FILE

GUN AMNESTY: Over 20,000 firearms handed over in NSW. Photo: FILE

OVER 20,000 firearms and firearm related items have been handed in across New South Wales, as part of the three-month National Firearms Amnesty.

“Final figures for the three-month campaign are still being collated; however, police are pleased with the strong community response in NSW,” NSW Police said.

“The National Firearms Amnesty concluded on September 30, with more than 20,000 firearms and firearm-related items handed in for registration, sale or destruction across NSW.”

Police said further details and a breakdown by police Local Area Commands will be available at a later date.

Surrendered items included 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.

The amnesty, launched on July 1, was aimed at reducing the number of unregistered and unwanted firearms in Australia, which the federal goverment believes number about 260,000.