More than 200 illegal firearms surrendered or registered
FRASER Coast police have been inundated with illegal firearms in the final days of the statewide gun amnesty.
The three-month amnesty, which ended on Tuesday, resulted in more than 200 guns being either registered or surrendered to the Maryborough or Hervey Bay police stations or gun dealerships without prosecution.
A total of 8500 illegal firearms were handed in across Queensland.
Senior Constable Richard Whatman from Hervey Bay's property department said many of the guns that had crossed the counter in Hervey Bay had been old and in poor condition.
"It's been mainly old shotguns that have been sitting in the shed or that have been in the family for a number of years," he said.
Sergeant Pat Fleming said it was a similar situation in Maryborough.
"It's been mostly long-arm rifles," he said.
"About 65 of the 90 firearms were able to be registered."
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said he was shocked by the total number firearms received across the state, which included 218 semi-automatic rifles and shotguns and three stolen weapons.
He believed unregistered firearms were still on the streets and has launched a new Crime Stoppers campaign encouraging Queenslanders to report illegal firearm activity.
Tough new laws and mandatory sentencing for illegal gun ownership come into effect on Wedneday.