700 firearms destroyed so far during Qld gun amnesty

MORE than 3500 firearms have been handed in as Queensland's gun amnesty reached the half-way mark.

Almost 700 have been surrendered for destruction with the remaining firearms registered.

The three-month amnesty, which ends on April 30, began as the government introduced new firearm laws involving mandatory jail terms, even a year for possessing an illegal firearm in a public place.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey is urging Queenslanders to take advantage of the reprieve.

"Time is running out for those who may, for one reason or another, have an illegal firearm to surrender or register their weapon," he said.

"The new laws send a clear message that trafficking, supply, unlawful possession and use of illegal firearms is not tolerated in Queensland.

"Queenslanders can be assured that those caught using firearms illegally will feel the full force of the law."

Queensland Police Firearms and Weapons Amnesty Project manager Inspector Peter Assfalg said 46 of the weapons handed in were being held for safe keeping while licences were being processed.

"We are averaging about 65 firearms a day, which is consistent with the 2004 Firearms Amnesty," he said.

For more information, phone the Firearm Amnesty Information Line on 1300 833 548 from Monday to Friday until April 30.



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