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Over 50,000 Unregistered Guns Have Been Handed In

National gun amnesty results

Over 50,000 Unregistered Guns Have Been Handed In

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has revealed that a staggering 51,000 unregistered guns were handed in during this year's national gun amnesty.

This is the first gun amnesty in the 21 years since the Port Arthur Massacre.

It is understood that the guns will be destroyed. 

Those handed in ranged from pre-1900 weapons and guns from both World Wars, to modern semi-automatic rifles, a home-made machine gun and a rocket launcher.

"This is an overwhelming response and represents a significant reduction in the number of unregistered firearms in the Australian community," Mr Turnbull said.

"Australia has some of the strongest gun laws in the world but illicit firearms remain a threat to community safety.

"As a result of this successful amnesty, there are now 50,000 fewer firearms on the streets.

"While the amnesty has now finished, the Justice Minister Michael Keenan is encouraging people who still have an unregistered firearm, or who come into possession of an unregistered firearm, to contact their local police station or firearm registry."

Stat breakdown

  • NSW - 24,965
  • QLD - 16,000
  • VIC - 3,654
  • TAS - 1,924
  • SA - 2,648
  • ACT - 709
  • WA - 1,242
  • NT - 322