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Amnesty updates

Australia's National Firearms Amnesty continues to 30 September 2017.

The aim of the amnesty is to improve public safety by reducing the number of unregistered firearms and firearm-related articles in our community.

If you have an unregistered firearm, you may be able to register or sell it during the amnesty—no questions asked. If you cannot or do not want to register or sell your firearm, you can hand it in at an approved location.

Arrangements for how you can participate in the amnesty will depend on where you live. For more information, visit the About the gun amnesty page For all the information you need regarding the Amnesty in NSW click this LINK

If you are found in possession of unregistered firearms, you risk a fine of up to $280,000, 14 years in jail and a criminal record. The NSW Police Force also remind the public the Commercial Explosives Amnesty will finish next Thursday 14 September. The amnesty commenced on 15 March 2017 and was established so members of the public could legally and safely surrender explosives. Acting Commander of the Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command, Acting Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing said the Commercial Explosive Amnesty has provided a safe avenue for members of the community to hand in explosives and related hazardous materials to police, and we have seen an encouraging response. “More than five months into the amnesty and there has been a wide variety of explosives surrendered, but we’re sure there’s more out there. However there is less than a week of the Amnesty remaining.” “I’m urging members of the community to contact their local police if they have explosives on their property or in their house, to dispose of them legally and safely. “We cannot emphasise enough the fact apart from being illegal, explosives can be dangerous as they become older and more unstable,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Willing said. Acting Assistant Commissioner Willing added the amnesty is not the result of any threat. Below is a breakdown of the types of explosives surrendered to date: Commercial Explosives – Excess of 146kg Black Powder – Excess of 20kg Detonators – Excess of 4798 Safety Fuse – Excess of 985 metres Detonating Cord – Excess of 2130 metres Acting Assistant Commissioner Willing said members of the public who have explosives should contact their local police who will obtain details, including a photo of the explosives and forward this information to the Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit. “As long as members of the public contacted their local police before midnight on Thursday 14 September they will be covered by the amnesty.” “The member of the public will be contacted and an appropriate time for collection of the material will be arranged.” “Under no circumstances do we want members of the public moving the explosives, or taking them to a police station. The Amnesty does not authorise the transportation of explosives and it is an offence to do so.” “The Amnesty is limited to the possession and storage of explosives. It does not authorise any person to move or transport explosives without the required licence or security clearance,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Willing said. The types of explosives covered by the amnesty include: Black powder Nitro-glycerine based explosives Watergel and Emulsion explosives Detonating cord Detonators Other commercial explosive items Remember, there is less than one week left. On 14 September the Commercial Explosives Amnesty will cease and members of the public who have the illegal explosives can face prosecution. Please contact your local police for further information, or watch the Youtube video below

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