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Amnesty Unearths Over 8,500 Firearms

ABC News (Australia)

1 May 2013

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Queensland's gun amnesty has ended, unearthing over 8,500 firearms over the prosecution-free period.

According to police, 2,000 of the weapons were surrendered to be destroyed, with a large majority of the weapons surrendered to be registered properly before being returned to their owners.

Over 200 of the weapons handed in were handguns, which Police Minister Jack Dempsey said surprised him, proving the amnesty has been a success.

"I think it's been a success; more than 240 of those [firearms] were hand guns," he said…

The end of the amnesty period, which began on February 1, marks the start of tough new laws and mandatory sentencing for illegal gun ownership in Queensland.

From May 1 people possessing illegal firearms in a public place will face a mandatory one-year jail term, while those convicted of trafficking illegal firearms will face a mandatory five years behind bars…

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