Amnesty leads to 40 firearms handed to Fairfield police

About 10,000 firearms were surrendered to NSW police as part of the National Firearms Amnesty between July and September. A total of 40 were received by Fairfield police station.

There were also 41 weapons handed into the Green Valley police station and 29 received by Liverpool police station.

The weapons surrendered across NSW included 602 handguns and 1575 shotguns. Many residents took the opportunity to hand in non-registered weapons without being penalised. 

The aim of the police campaign was to reduce the number of fatalities, injuries or incidents involving firearms.

NSW Police Force deputy commissioner regional field operations, Gary Worboys, said the response from the community 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,” he said.

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

Surrendered items of interest include 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.

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.

“It’s concerning these high-powered weapons and modified guns were in our community but they have now been destroyed under amnesty arrangements.”

Under the amnesty 130 prohibited weapons including 14 crossbows, 27 suppressors, samurai swords, knives, and other edged weapons were also handed in.