One month left to surrender unregistered firearms

SURRENDERED: Constables Kate Lingard and Dean Keevers with some firearms that have been handed in.
SURRENDERED: Constables Kate Lingard and Dean Keevers with some firearms that have been handed in. Mike Richards GLA180817WEAP

FIREARM owners have until September 30 to surrender their unregistered firearms with no questions asked.

The Federal Government's national firearms amnesty started on July 1, and so far about a dozen weapons have been handed in to Gladstone police station.

Senior Sergeant Jamie Goodwin said it hadn't been a massive influx by any measure, but there was plenty of time for people to take advantage of the offer.

"It's a really good opportunity for people to hand these things in legally and without any concern of repercussions," he said.

"We've had a number of rifles handed in, a number of handguns, and some ammunition as well."


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Snr Sgt Goodwin said the amnesty was less about taking weapons directly from criminals and more about getting unused weapons off the street.

"For every firearm that's handed in... it's one less that is in the community and potentially could be stolen down the track," he said.

The amnesty also allows anyone to surrender or sell unregistered firearms to licensed dealers who have registered to take part in the amnesty program.

Theodore-based dealer Paul Fowkes set up shop at the Feed Barn in Gladstone late last month to take in surrendered weapons, and was planning another visit over the next few weeks.

"We had about seven or eight handed in on that day, including a couple of 303s and an old shotgun," he said.

"We had an SLR handed in from Biloela the other day, the service rifle used in Vietnam. There's a story behind that one."

Mr Fowkes said older service rifles could potentially be worth a lot of money if they were sold to a dealer, rather than handed in to a police station.

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