Wheatbelt residents urged to hand over unlicensed firearms

Wheatbelt residents are being urged to hand over unlicensed firearms as part of a nationwide gun amnesty.

The National Firearms Amnesty begins on July 1, 2017 and aims to reduce the number of unregistered or illegal guns on the streets.

Northam police retweeted a message by WA police on Saturday, which stated, “surrender your unlicensed firearms and ammunition to police, no questions asked”.

People will be able to surrender guns or gun parts at any police station, without fear of being prosecuted.

Where suitable, police will also allow those handing in the firearms to apply to have them registered. The last amnesty held by WA Police resulted in more than 1,200 guns being surrendered.

The current amnesty will run until September 30, 2017.

People are asked to plan ahead and call first, before visiting their local police station.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said this is an opportunity to hand them in without fear of being prosecuted