Amnesty – Surrender of Firearms
National Firearms Amnesty:
The National Firearms Amnesty runs for three months, from 1 July to 30 September 2017. The amnesty is aimed at reducing the number of unregistered firearms in the community. During the amnesty people can hand in unregistered firearms or firearm-related items for registration or destruction without penalty and without fear of prosecution.
Mobile amnesties will be held around the state in the coming months, giving firearms owners even easier access to surrendering their unregistered weapons. The exact locations will be released at a later date but mobile amnesties will be held at:
– Launceston: 20 July, 10am-3pm, Churchill Park, Invermay.
– Derby: 12 August, 10am-2pm, Dorset Council Depot & Fire Station.
– Campbell Town: 26 August
– Bridgewater: 7 August, 11am-3pm, Granton Train Park.
– Sorell: 11 August, 7am-12noon, Sorell Shopping Complex behind Coles Express Petrol Station.
– New Norfolk: 9 August, 11am-3pm, New Norfolk Police Station.
– Huonville: 14 August, 11am-4pm, Apple Coolstore Carpark, Huonville.
– Oatlands: 16 August, 10am-2pm, Oatlands Football Oval Carpark.
– Devonport: 16 September, 12noon-3pm, Devonport Showgrounds, Parker Street entry
– Waratah-Wynyard: 17 September, 12noon-3pm, Cam River Reserve
For further information:
- Visit the National Firearms Amnesty website.
- See the Tasmanian drop-off locations are available on the Tasmanian Drop Off Points List.
- Consider completing the National Firearms Amnesty 2017 Voluntary Survey.
Permanent firearms amnesty Tasmania:
There is a permanent firearms amnesty in Tasmania.
The amnesty means that unregistered or unwanted firearms can be surrendered to police or firearms dealers without any action being taken in relation to possession offences.
Firearms are often surrendered by people who don’t have a firearms licence or who don’t have the correct category of firearms licence.
A firearm can be surrendered for destruction; to arrange sale (through a firearms dealer); or for safe storage so that the owner can apply for a firearms licence and possibly re-acquire the firearm. A firearm intended for sale may be surrendered direct to a firearms dealer for that purpose and they may charge relevant fees.
A person can apply to re-acquire the surrendered firearm as long as they have the appropriate category of firearms licence in Tasmania and can justify their genuine need to possess that firearm.
Firearms can be surrendered to any police station in Tasmania, but not all firearms dealers will accept them, and if they do, they may charge a fee for their service.
How to surrender a firearm:
Ring the police station or firearms dealer to arrange a time to bring in the firearm. Do not simply turn up with the firearm – this could cause a security alert.
Seek advice if you are uncertain how to check whether the firearm is loaded.
Do not carry loaded firearms in public or into a police station or firearms dealer.
For drop off point locations visit the Tasmanian Drop Off Points List.