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State Becomes Less Armed and Dangerous

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

13 December 2012

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Thousands of weapons including handguns, high-powered rifles and double-edged knives are off the streets after a two-month "no questions asked" statewide police amnesty.

A total of 2,450 firearms and other weapons were handed in by the public without fear of legal reprisals…

Licensing and Regulation Division Superintendent Russell Barrett said he was pleased 128 handguns had been surrendered. "Handguns are of particular interest to police as they are concealable and a weapon of choice in crime," he said. There were also 1,600 long-barrel firearms handed in…

The two-month amnesty was the first in Victoria since April 2010. The penalty for carrying an illegal weapon is up to two years' imprisonment, or up to 10 years for firearms offences.

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