NSW Police Force and Crime Stoppers are calling for residents to register or surrender illegal firearms and ammunition without being penalised for illegal possession, as part of the first ever permanent national amnesty.
The Amnesty will give Australians a chance to surrender for destruction unwanted or unregistered firearms, parts, and ammunition at no cost and without penalty for illegal possession with the ultimate aim is for safer communities.
This starts with the safe storage of firearms, and the handing in of illegal firearms and ammunition. Taking illegal guns out of the community can never be a bad thing.
The amnesty coincides with the launch of Gun Safe – a new online portal for managing firearms transactions in NSW. Designed with community safety top of mind, this platform is the first of its kind replacing manual licence applications with real time information and verification.
The portal will be linked to the acquisition of firearms in NSW and disposal of firearms locally and interstate. This risk-based system notifies the registry of unusual or unverified transactions which will reduce risk of harm in the community.
“Gun safe, the new online portal will ensure that all firearms transactions are accounted for, giving the community peace of mind that police can access real time information when it comes to guns to help prevent crime and keep our communities safe.”
“We encourage NSW residents to take advantage of the amnesty to surrender their firearms, gun parts and ammunition, without fear of being penalised for illegal possession,” said Police Prosecutions and Licensing Enforcement Commander, Assistant Commissioner Scott Cook.
Participating dealers can now accept and record unregistered firearms through the NSW Police Force’s new Gun Safe platform. Dealers using the digital platform can register firearms, prohibited weapons, gun parts and ammunition under the Amnesty.
“For firearm dealers, Gun Safe provides enhanced recording and reporting functions, and real-time information about firearms on the system,” said Assistant Commissioner Cook.
“The new amnesty enhances the services available to dealers on Gun Safe including more transactions, beyond buying and selling of registered firearms.”
“For police, the system gives us more oversight, so we know when, where and how amnesty guns are being handed in.” More information about the amnesty and surrendering, registering or selling unwanted firearms is available from www.crimestoppers.com.au/firearmsamnesty