Western Sydney police stations receive hundreds of guns during National Firearms Amnesty

Picture: NSW Police
Picture: NSW Police

NSW has topped the charts for weapons surrendered during Australia’s National Firearms Amnesty.

About 10,000 guns and gun-related items, including ammunition and illegal weapons, were handed in to police in the state between July 1 and September 30 2017.

That figure included 602 handguns and 1575 shotguns.

Western Sydney police stations were kept busy, with Penrith Local Area Command receiving 186 weapons. The Hills was close behind with 169 handovers.

Paramatta (63), Blacktown (62), St Marys (57), Quakers Hill (56) and Mount Druitt (52) were also notable inclusions on the list.

Tamworth-based Oxley LAC led the way in NSW with 1322 weapons surrendered, more than 1000 items higher than runner up Tuggerah Lakes (300) on the Central Coast.

One man in Oxley LAC handed over 987 firearm barrels alone.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Regional Field Operations, Gary Worboys said the community response was overwhelming, especially in regional areas.

“It’s extremely encouraging to see community members recognising the danger posed by these weapons and doing the right thing by handing them in or having them registered,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

“There has been a really strong response across the state which means there are now fewer unwanted or unregistered guns on our streets.”

Deputy Commissioner Metropolitan Field Operations, Jeff Loy, said gun crime affects everyone.

“In the wrong-hands, guns are a lethal weapon so it’s pleasing to see people are keen to do the right thing and have used the opportunity to dispose of firearms and other weapons to ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands,” Deputy Commissioner Loy said.

Deputy Commissioner Loy was however concerned about the number of high-powered weapons turned over to police.

20 SKS assault rifles, eight M1 carbine military self-loading rifles, four sub-machine guns, a Colt AR-15 rifle, a .44 calibre magnum revolver, an Adler 110 shotgun, and a Mauser model 1918 T-Gewehr-Bolt Action anti-tank rifle were handed in.

The weapons will be destroyed.