National Firearm Amnesty begins

AGSA is very pleased to have worked with Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs The Hon. Jason Wood MP on the implementation of a National Firearm Amnesty that began 1 July 2021.

Crime Stoppers Australia has launched the permanent amnesty in all states and territories.

Anyone with an unregistered or unwanted firearm or firearm-related item will be able to surrender it to a police station anonymously and without penalty. The firearm can then be registered, sold or destroyed.

Licensed firearms dealers can also receive surrendered firearms in most states and territories.

The last national amnesty was in 2017 for just three months and uncovered 57,000 previously unregistered guns. This amnesty is permanent and ongoing.

AGSA members were involved in consultation meetings with Assistant Minister Wood and fully supported the initiative.

AGSA coordinator Stephen Bendle says, “Finding unregistered or unwanted guns is a significant step in protecting the community from guns that could be used illegally, stolen or sold on the black market.”

More information on the Amnesty can be found at Crimestoppers.

Our members

  • Injury Matters
  • Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfar
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Gun Control Australia
  • Australasian Injury Prevention Network
  • White Ribbon Australia
  • Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
  • Australian Education Union
  • RACP
  • Medics for Gun Control
  • Public Health Association Australia
  • Australian Childcare Alliance
  • Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
  • Australian Childhood Foundation
  • Alannah & Madeline Foundation
  • ANZICS
  • Centre for Armed Violence Reduction
  • GunPolicy.org
  • Australian Health Promotion Association
  • No to Violence
  • College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand
  • UNICEF Australia
  • Uniting VicTas

Our supporters

  • Australian Communities Foundation
  • Cubit Family Foundation Australia

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