Police are encouraging people in the south-west to make the most of the National Firearms Amnesty.

GUN owners in the south-west have until September 30 to hand in any unregistered firearms with no questions asked.

AMNESTY: Leading Senior Constable Mal Agnew, of Warrnambool police, is encouraging residents to hand in any unregistered firearms during the nation wide amnesty. Picture: Anthony Brady

AMNESTY: Leading Senior Constable Mal Agnew, of Warrnambool police, is encouraging residents to hand in any unregistered firearms during the nation wide amnesty. Picture: Anthony Brady

The National Firearms Amnesty began on July 1 and Warrnambool crime prevention officer, leading senior constable Mal Agnew, said about six firearms had been handed in locally.

He said firearms can be taken to a licensed gun shop and no personal details need to be given.

“They just need to surrender the firearm,” he said.

“There might be people who have found a gun somewhere and thought what am I going to do with this. This is an open invitation to bring all those guns in. 

“There’s no questions asked, they simply hand them in.

“Hopefully this will reduce the amount of firearms out there and make it safer for everyone.”

Outside of the amnesty period, anyone caught with an unregistered firearm could face a fine of up to $280,000, 14 years in jail, and a criminal record.

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