The National Firearms Amnesty will commence on July 1 2017, giving Australians an opportunity to hand in unregistered and unwanted firearms and improve community safety.
This is the first nation-wide gun amnesty since 1996, when the Federal Government took decisive action following the devastation of the Port Arthur Massacre.
While there have been state-based amnesties since then, it is again time that we give every Australian the chance to dispose of firearms without fear of being prosecuted.
For three months, until September 30 2017, anyone with unwanted and unregistered firearms or firearm-related items can legally dispose of or register them at approved drop-off points in each state and territory.
This is as much about giving a family a chance to get rid of an old heirloom as it is about getting rid of guns off our streets.
Sadly, as recent events have shown us, just one gun in the wrong hands can be deadly.
I encourage Australians to take this opportunity to help remove unregistered firearms from the community.
There is no cost involved with handing in firearms or related items for destruction, and outside of the amnesty period, anyone caught with an unregistered firearm could face a fine of up to $280,000, up to 14 years in jail, and a criminal record.
Information about individual state and territory requirements, including how and where to surrender firearms, can be found on the National Firearms Amnesty website or by calling 1800 909 826.
Source: Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan