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Firearm Amnesty

 National Firearms   Amnesty 

If you have an unregistered or unwanted firearm, this is an opportunity to hand it in with no penalty.

Because no unregistered firearms in our community is our aim.

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The Amnesty indemnifies anyone from prosecution who is surrendering an unlawful possession of a firearm, firearm parts and ammunition.

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The amnesty does not protect people found in possession of an unregistered firearm.

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In most states, firearms can be surrendered at licensed firearm dealers if you would prefer not to go to a police station. No questions asked.

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The Australian Government has partnered with Crime Stoppers Australia to launch a permanent national firearms amnesty to keep Australians safe while ensuring those with a legitimate need to access firearms are able to do so.

People who have an unregistered firearm or firearm-related item will be able to surrender it to a police station anonymously and without penalty, for registration, sale or destruction.

Licensed firearms dealers can also receive surrendered firearms in most states and territories. An unwanted firearm may also be handed in.

To support the commencement of the amnesty, Crime Stoppers has launched a National Illicit Firearms Campaign.

In coming months, Crime Stoppers will deliver 65 grassroots community events across the nation to encourage people to do the right thing and hand in unwanted or unregistered firearms.

Each state and territory have their own requirements about what can be surrendered, registered or sold.

To learn more please click on your state or territory.

FAQ

Each state and territory have their own requirements about what can be surrendered, registered or sold.
To learn more state specific information, please click on your state or territory above.

Unlawfully possessed firearms, unwanted firearms, unregistered firearms, firearm parts and ammunition may be surrendered without penalty.

Firearms handed in may be sold, registered of destroyed (only in some states and territories).

Firearms are able to be handed in to police stations, and dealers in most jurisdictions, from 1 July 2021. Given the evolving COVID-19 situation in many jurisdictions, those wishing to surrender a firearm or firearm-related article must abide by local health advice when surrendering their firearm.

The amnesty allows you to hand in unregistered firearms without penalty. The amnesty provides protection from prosecution where a person is in possession of an unregistered firearm for the purpose of handing it in.
If you are holder of a current firearms licence, surrendering an unregistered/unwanted firearm, ammunition or firearm part will have no impact on your current licence.
No compensation will be paid to any person who surrenders a firearm during the firearm amnesty.
An expired licence holder may apply for a fresh licence during the term of the amnesty, as per usual process. The amnesty allows someone who has a firearm licence which has expired to surrender any firearms without penalty.
No. Each police service across Australia has a rigid set of criteria which is considered when assessing suitability for a firearm licence. Handing in an unwanted or unregistered firearm will not result in any prosecution, which will not impact on any future licence application.
The Amnesty indemnifies anyone from prosecution who is surrendering an unlawful possession of a firearm, firearm parts and ammunition.

Yes, any old or faulty firearms and firearm parts can be handed in as part of the amnesty.

If you come into possession of an unregistered firearm, you must immediately surrender the firearm to police or a participating licenced dealer. It is an offence for a person to supply, acquire, possess, or use a firearm that is not registered.

Yes, any firearm may be surrendered at your nearest police station or a participating licensed firearms dealer (only available in some states and territories).
Any person who is found to be in possession of an unregistered firearm/parts/ammunition without an appropriate licence will be subject to charges to be determined by police.

Yes, a number of Australian police service now have specific legislation and licensing requirements for gel blasters. Surrendering a gel blaster follows the same process as any other type of firearm.

While the firearm amnesty relates specifically to firearms, if you have any other type of unwanted or illegal weapon you want to surrender, you should contact police to arrange surrender.
If you have an unwanted, unregistered, or illegal firearm, part, mechanism, fitting, any prohibited firearm accessories, silencers or ammunition you can hand these in at a participating licensed firearms dealer or to any police station without fear of prosecution.
No – if you hand in an unregistered or unwanted firearm, part, or ammunition under amnesty conditions you will be indemnified from prosecution.