Police launch state-wide gun amnesty

QUEENSLANDERS have three months to hand in unregistered firearms after police launched a state-wide amnesty on Friday.

The amnesty also allows those with unregistered firearms the chance to register them under their current licence.

The goal is to allow gun-owners to dispose of illegal weapons without fear of prosecution.

Specialist Operations deputy commissioner Ross Barnett said any unlicensed owners could also apply for a licence.

In 2004, firearm owners were offered the same type of amnesty and by the end of the period 7704 firearms had been registered and 2835 destroyed.

"Police stations in regional areas will have access to a mobile destruction van when a regional destruction centre has been inundated with surrendered firearms," Mr Barnett said.

"These vans are located at Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

"The three mobile destruction vans are fitted with a hydraulic press and a circular saw to efficiently destroy the firearms.

Unregistered firearms can be surrendered during the amnesty to firearms dealers or police station without prosecution for its possession.

Personal details or reasons for the possession may not be required.

People who hold a current Weapons Act licence can apply to register a firearm at a shooting club, firearms dealer, armourer or local police station without prosecution for its possession.

For more information, call the Firearms Amnesty Information Line during business hours on 1300 833 548 or email: firearmsamnesty@police.qld.gov.au.