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FIREARMS (GUN) AMNESTY DECLARED IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The Registrar of Firearms has declared a firearms (gun) amnesty commencing on 1 August 2012 and finishing at midnight on 31 October 2012.

South Australia Police is conducting and managing the amnesty.

The aim of the gun amnesty is to make South Australia a safer place by removing Unwanted, unregistered or illegal guns, ammunition or gun parts from the community and making it harder for guns to fall into the wrong hands.

Guns, gun parts (including silencers) and ammunition can be surrendered at any police station. To find your nearest police station click here. http://www.police.sa.gov.au/sapol/contact_us/find_your_local_police_station.jsp

Safety

All guns must be unloaded. Where possible, remove the bolt or disassemble the guns prior to bringing them to the police station. Guns should be placed in a gun bag or wrapped in a blanket for the journey and only removed at the police station in the presence of police. Ammunition can be taken to the police station at the same time as the guns but should be in a separate bag, box or container to the guns. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is there an amnesty?

The aim of the general firearms (gun) amnesty is to remove unregistered, illegal and unwanted guns from the community. This will help to make South Australia a safer place by reducing the availability of guns and the likelihood of them falling into the wrong hands.

When is the amnesty?

The declared amnesty commences on Wednesday, 1 August 2012 and concludes at midnight on 31 October 2012. During this period people can surrender guns at any police station. To find your nearest police station, click here.

What is included in the amnesty?

Any gun, gun part or ammunition can be surrendered at a police station, including silencers, unwanted antique guns and regulated imitation firearms.

What is an unwanted gun?

The object of the amnesty is to reduce the number of guns in the community that are no longer used or wanted. Old and unsafe guns can also be surrendered. An unwanted gun may include:

•guns no longer needed or required
•old guns particularly those that may be unsafe to use
•guns passed on as a result of a deceased estate
•guns found on the property, having been left behind by a previous occupier
•firearms that previously belonged to a deceased relative or friend.

What is an unregistered gun?

An unregistered gun is a firearm that is not registered in South Australia to the current owner.

What is an illegal gun?

Any gun that is not registered and possessed in accordance with the firearms laws is an illegal gun. Illegal guns also include the following:

•unregistered guns
•guns without a serial number or with a defaced serial number
•a gun in the possession of a person who does not have a licence for that class of firearm
•a gun that has been unlawfully modified (e.g. shortened)
•a gun that is not registered to the current owner.
How do I surrender a gun or ammunition?

It is a simple process of bringing the gun, parts or ammunition to a police station. You will need to complete a surrender notice at the police station at the time of handing over your gun. If you are surrendering guns you should ensure the guns are unloaded, remove the bolt or other method of ensuring safety, and place in a gun bag or wrap in a blanket before bringing to the police station.

The guns should only be removed from their covering in the presence of police. Ammunition can be taken to the police station at the same time as the guns but should be in a separate bag, box or container to the guns. You will receive a surrender notice and a receipt.

What will happen if an illegal or unregistered gun is not surrendered during the amnesty?

After the amnesty police will continue to investigate illegal and unregistered guns. Breaches of the law carry high penalties. 

Further information

If you would like information on the Firearms Act and Regulations including your responsibility for the security of guns, please click here. http://www.police.sa.gov.au/public/download.jsp?id=48651

If your question about the amnesty has not been answered above, please phone 1800 071 507 for further information.

Download Frequently Asked Questions http://www.police.sa.gov.au/public/download.jsp?id=57209

http://www.police.sa.gov.au/sapol/services/gun_amnesty.jsp