Australia wide gun amnesty announced

Firearms handed in during a gun amnesty in Canberra.
Firearms handed in during a gun amnesty in Canberra.

HAWKESBURY people who have gun, legal or otherwise, will be able to dispose of them without fear of prosecution during a federal government gun amnesty.

It will be the first of its kind since 1996 after the Port Arthur Massacre.

The National Firearms Amnesty will run from July 1 to September 30.

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the amnesty was a chance to get rid of an old family heirloom, or an unregistered firearm.

He said no questions would be asked of people who handed in a firearm and there was no cost to handing them in.

In 2015, a searchable database was released by The Greens, which listed how many registered firearms were available in each suburb.

The database showed that one person in the 2756 (Windsor and surrounds) postcode had 129 registered firearms, one of the largest registered collections in New South Wales.

The 2753 postcode (Richmond and surrounds) had 2887 registered firearms, 893 registered owners out of a population of 17,083, meaning each owner had an average of 3.32 guns.

The 2754 postcode (North Richmond and surrounds) had 1150 firearms, 2740 registered owners out of a population of 5283, with 4.2 guns per registered owners.

The closest drop off points for Hawkesbury residents will be at Windsor or Riverstone police stations.

For more information and other drop off points visit the National Firearms Amnesty 2017 website.