Over 1,200 guns handed in to WA police as part of firearms amnesty

Over 1,200 firearms handed in to police across Western Australia. Photo: Andrew Elstermann.
Over 1,200 firearms handed in to police across Western Australia. Photo: Andrew Elstermann.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts has announced the recent firearms amnesty has exceeded expectations, with 1,242 guns surrendered in Western Australia during the three-month amnesty.

The National Firearms Amnesty concluded at midnight on Saturday, September 30.

Mrs Roberts said she did not expect for this many guns to be handed in by the public. 

“What it means is there are now 1,242 fewer illegal guns which will no longer have the potential to fall in to the hands of criminals,” she said. 

“Disturbingly, among the surrendered items was an assortment of high-powered weapons and guns that had been modified, presumably for no other reason than criminal purposes.

“I’m pleased to say these are now on the way to the scrap heap.”

The assortment of firearms handed in includes:

  • 186 shotguns
  • 860 rifles
  • 196 handguns
  • 65,618 rounds of ammunition

Some of the historic firearms listed below will now be considered for donation to historical societies or museums.

85 World War 1 era rifles and handguns

  • A World War 2 submachine gun
  • An 1885 BSA, Martini-Henry rifle
  • An 1878 Enfield rifle
  • WW2 Luger pistols
  • Pre-1900 Belgium pistol