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Police: Hand in your guns

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August 03, 2017

Gun owners in possession of an unregistered firearm or firearm-related items can surrender them without penalty for the next two months.

A firearms amnesty began on July 1 and will end on September 30, providing an opportunity to register or surrender the weapons.

However, after the amnesty, any breach will be dealt with under the existing laws and penalties.

Deniliquin Police Local Area Command Inspector John Aichinger said the purpose of the amnesty is to remove unregistered, illegal or unsafely kept firearms from the community.

‘‘For example, there may be a case where someone has inherited a registrable firearm from a relative over the years.

‘‘However, the new owner has no way of keeping it safely and has no intention of obtaining a licence — this is the opportunity to hand the firearm in and remove it from the public arena.’’

Insp Aichinger said firearms can be surrendered at any licensed firearm dealer or police station.

‘‘In all cases, we request as a matter of courtesy and safety that people phone ahead and make their intentions known to police or licensed firearm dealers, so as to organise an appropriate time to attend and drop off their firearms.’’

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