POLICE are encouraging anyone with an unregistered firearm or firearm-related item to hand them in without fear of prosecution.
The NSW Police Force, with the support of the NSW Government, will conduct a state-wide Firearms Amnesty following the success of last year's national campaign.
During the three-month period in 2017, NSW netted 24,831 firearms and 1,898 firearm parts for destruction, sale or registration – more than any other state or territory – prompting another operation to reduce the number of unregistered and unwanted firearms in the community.
Anyone with an unregistered firearm or firearm-related item in their possession, will have the chance to legally dispose, or register it, without penalty between July 1 and September 30, 2018.
Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Field Operations, Jeff Loy, said there had been continued interest from the community to dispose of unwanted firearms without penalty.
"In 2017, we had nearly 8,000 firearms surrendered for destruction – including 951 handguns and 5,558 shotguns – with about 15,000 handed in for registration and 2,100 handed in for sale," Deputy Commissioner Loy said.
"This is another opportunity for people to get rid of any firearm or firearm parts without the fear of prosecution."
Firearms and firearm-related items can be surrendered under amnesty arrangements at approved drop-off points, which include licensed firearm dealers, mobile stations, and police stations.
Under no circumstances should loaded firearms be taken into public places – including police stations.
Anyone with concerns about handling firearms or safely transporting them, can contact the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry on 1300 362 562 for assistance.