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Amnesty Attracts 16,000 Weapons

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Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Bob Gee shows one of the surrendered weapons to the media on Friday (Photo: QPS)

October 13, 2017

Police Minister Mark Ryan and Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Bob Gee on Friday viewed some of the 16,000 guns Queenslanders have handed in as part of the national gun amnesty.

Mr Ryan said the success of the amnesty showed Queenslanders were overwhelmingly firm in their backing of strict gun control to keep the community safe.

“The quantity of firearms surrendered has been very positive. It has shown Queenslanders want our state to be a safe place, and the Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring that is a reality,” he said.

From July 1 to September 30, a total of 16,126 firearms were surrendered for registration, safekeeping or destruction.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Gee said he was also pleased with the response to the gun amnesty.

“This amnesty will help keep our community safe by ensuring those firearms don’t fall into the wrong hands,” he said.

“Any firearm in the wrong hands can have tragic consequences.”

Breakdown of already processed firearms surrendered by category:

  • Category A – 6528
  • Category B – 2546
  • Category C – 371
  • Category D – 135
  • Category H – 396
  • Category M & E – 41
  • Category R – 28

Breakdown of firearms registered/surrendered to QPS by policing region:

  • Northern Region – 408
  • Central Region – 1371
  • Southern Region – 967 (which includes the South Burnett)
  • South Eastern Region – 475
  • Brisbane Region – 590

The number of firearms surrendered at firearms dealers was 6234.

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