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Amnesty nets 220 guns

By johnboy - 4 June 2009 18

Simon Corbell has proudly announced that his gun amnesty has resulted in 220 illegal or unregistered firearms being handed in, along with 6,000 rounds of ammunition.

Highlights of the haul included:

    German Ranger;
    Side by side double barrel shotgun Cashmore Birmingham;
    Pump action shotgun Winchester (US repeating Arms Co Inc) 1200;
    Pistol Japan Replica S&W Pistol;
    Pistol other -NEC Paintball Marker.

At halfway through just 66 firearms had been handed in so people certainly got a wiggle on.

The amnesty ended on Sunday.

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18 Responses to
Amnesty nets 220 guns
peterh 10:15 am 05 Jun 09

jakez said :

Yeah, that should add at least a few bucks to the cost of purchasing a black market gun.

TAKE THAT CRIMINALS!

If anyone thinks it is not easy to get a black market gun they are living in a magical world of plum drops and ice cream mountains.

it is a magical world?? damn. i thought that this was the magical world…

jakez 9:43 am 05 Jun 09

Yeah, that should add at least a few bucks to the cost of purchasing a black market gun.

TAKE THAT CRIMINALS!

If anyone thinks it is not easy to get a black market gun they are living in a magical world of plum drops and ice cream mountains.

Tooks 7:07 pm 04 Jun 09

peterh said :

jessieduck said :

Where do 220 guns come from?

not criminals.

True, but that’s 220 less guns that can potentially be stolen by criminals in burglaries.

jakez 4:54 pm 04 Jun 09

Well I was going to make a smart arse comment about how the Rebels aren’t so scary now that they’ve (I assume) handed in all their guns but Peterh already made the point I would have been alluding to.

Instead I’ll simply say that I’m greatly heartened that so far the replies to this thread have either been in opposition or at best indifferent. I consider this directly attributable to my incessant (and political future destroying) ranting on the subject.

jessieduck said :

That would be so aweful if you think you’re only doing the right thing and you get yourself into trouble.

Happens all the time with all the crazy laws we have.

neanderthalsis 4:51 pm 04 Jun 09

You can surrender them to the Firearms Registry, but many people simply don’t know what to do in that situation. I imagine some people might be reluctant to walk into a police station carrying a weapon.

I know the Sporting Shooters Association occasionally gets bereaved relatives contacting them for advice and I think there has been occasions where the SSAA has taken the firearms, sold them through the normal legal channels and passed the cash back to the family.

jessieduck 4:47 pm 04 Jun 09

That would be so aweful if you think you’re only doing the right thing and you get yourself into trouble.

Thoroughly Smashed 4:24 pm 04 Jun 09

jessieduck said :

But if there are situations like that, can’t you just hand them over without getting in to trouble? If I was doing a deceased estate clean out I wouldn’t want to hold on to a gun until an amnesty came along. Or would I have to to avoid trouble?

Your best course of action in such a situation would be to obtain legal advice before you consider doing anything else.

The fact that there are occasional amnesty drives leads me to speculate that they may frown upon people turning up at police stations with unregistered or illegal firearms, even if they are to be handed in. It might be slightyl different if you call them up and say you’ve found something you don’t think is right, but even then I wouldn’t want to take any chances.

jessieduck 4:04 pm 04 Jun 09

neanderthalsis said :

Mostly these would have been in the back of grandpas cupboard since 1946, old farm guns that people never bothered to register and deceased estates where the rellies didn’t know what to do with the firearms.

But if there are situations like that, can’t you just hand them over without getting in to trouble? If I was doing a deceased estate clean out I wouldn’t want to hold on to a gun until an amnesty came along. Or would I have to to avoid trouble?

neanderthalsis 3:57 pm 04 Jun 09

peterh said :

jessieduck said :

Where do 220 guns come from?

not criminals.

Agreed, it is not the criminal class that would be offering up their massed fire power for a few dollars.

Mostly these would have been in the back of grandpas cupboard since 1946, old farm guns that people never bothered to register and deceased estates where the rellies didn’t know what to do with the firearms.

peterh 3:49 pm 04 Jun 09

jessieduck said :

Where do 220 guns come from?

not criminals.

Spoono 3:49 pm 04 Jun 09

Is there a reason they don’t have a permanent gun amnesty?

astrojax 3:48 pm 04 Jun 09

i saw amnesty collecting at dickson today – they could do with this firepower where they do their work, i’m sure…

what? different amnesty..? d’oh.

chewy14 3:48 pm 04 Jun 09

Thumper said :

220 cold, dead hands…

Yeah that paintball marker didn’t prove quite as effective a deterrant as the owner hoped.

Thumper 3:46 pm 04 Jun 09

220 cold, dead hands…

jessieduck 3:26 pm 04 Jun 09

Where do 220 guns come from?

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