Across Australia, 57,324 firearms were handed in, to be registered or destroyed, between July and September 2017 during the National Firearms Amnesty.
This included around 2,500 fully-automatic or semi-automatic guns that were previously unaccounted for, and 2,900 handguns.
Officers in Western Australia were handed a Buffalo Arms M1919A4 Browning machine gun which was widely used during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The firearm was found stored in a box on a large property.
From a survey available to anyone participating in the Amnesty
- 53% of survey respondents indicated the reason they chose to surrender their firearm was the ability to register it
- 28% indicated a sense of responsibility
- 47% of survey respondents stated that the firearm(s) were family heirlooms or acquired through a deceased estate.
Federal Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor said this is a great example of what can be achieved when governments and the Australian public work together to make our communities safer.
“Taking these unregistered firearms off the streets means they will not fall into the hands of criminals, who might use them to endanger the lives of innocent Australians,” Mr Taylor said.
The final report concluded that “the National Firearms Amnesty 2017 was a highly successful national event resulting in the registration, destruction and sale of unregistered firearms and firearm-related articles which had been held illegally. The successful Amnesty was the result of a large scale collaboration between Commonwealth, state and territory governments (including law enforcement agencies), licensed firearms dealers, Crime Stoppers Australia, firearms industry groups (including shooting clubs and associations), community-based organisations, public health advocates, and significant numbers of the general public.
The result of 57,324 firearms handed in over the course of the Amnesty represents a large number of firearms that posed a risk to public safety and could have been used for criminal enterprise. The Amnesty has resulted in a safer and more secure Australian community”.