Beaudesert police praises community’s gun amnesty response

A 44 calibre black powder pistol was among the guns surrendered to Beaudesert police during the amnesty. Photo: Supplied
A 44 calibre black powder pistol was among the guns surrendered to Beaudesert police during the amnesty. Photo: Supplied

BEAUDESERT police are pleased with the local community’s response to the national firearms amnesty after receiving a dozen firearms in just three days.

The amnesty allows any person to register or surrender unregistered firearms to a firearms dealer or police station without fear of prosecution.

A Beaudesert police spokesman said police received a positive response from community members who handed over both longarms and handguns to the station.

“We would like to thank those who have surrendered their firearms and would like to urge community members to continue to do so in a safe manner ,” he said.

The spokesman said he urged people to prepare necessary measures before presenting their firearms to police or a firearms dealer.

“For safety reasons, we urge locals to call before they bring the firearm in and make sure it it is safe – so no loaded ammunition, remove the bolt from a rifle and make sure chambers are out,” he said.

There are four options available for people to register or surrender unregistered firearms in Queensland.

These options are:

  1. Registering the firearm to an existing firearms licence (subject to the categories and conditions of the licence).
  2. Surrendering the firearm at a firearms dealer for commercial sale.
  3. Surrendering a firearm at a firearms dealer or police station for safekeeping, pending the issue of a firearms licence.
  4. Surrendering a firearm at a firearms dealer or police station for destruction.