136 guns handed in to Central Hunter police during national firearm amnesty

More than a gun a day was handed in to Central Hunter police during the recent amnesty period.

A total of 136 pistols, shotguns, rifles and more were surrendered to police during the national amnesty, which started on July 1 and carried through to September 30.

Under the amnesty, people could register, sell or hand in firearms and related items with no penalty.

Around the country, more than 30,000 firearms were handed in for registration, sale or destruction.

One of the more peculiar items handed in at Maitland was a toy gun from Coney Island amusement park that had been altered to take real bullets.

Central Hunter acting crime manager Detective Sergeant Mitch Dubojski said police were grateful to those who took advantage of the opportunity to rid themselves of unwanted weapons.

“Any gun off the street is good for the community,” he said. “It certainly makes the community a lot safer.”

However, Sergeant Dubojski said police were aware there were still dangerous weapons out in the community.

“We’re under no impression that all the firearms are off the streets.”

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