Wagga Police Inspector Adrian Telfer says 200 guns handed in for amnesty is 'extraordinary'

AMNESTY: File picture of guns that have been handed in.
AMNESTY: File picture of guns that have been handed in.

Wagga police have described as “extraordinary” the community response to the current gun amnesty, which has seen over 200 guns handed in.

Gun owners have been evenly split between handing in guns at police stations and gun dealers, but at police stations alone, the biggest haul has been at Wagga with 75 guns, followed by Temora with 20 guns, Junee reported 10 so far while Lockhart has two guns handed in. 

Other items handed in include six mortar shells, detonators and fireworks.

Wagga Police Inspector Adrian Telfer on the gun amnesty two-plus weeks before it closes on September 30.

Wagga Police Inspector Adrian Telfer on the gun amnesty two-plus weeks before it closes on September 30.

“Guns only need to be out there if they’re absolutely necessary and we’re grateful that the community has seen that and brought in over 200 firearms which is an extraordinary effort,” Wagga Police Inspector Adrian Telfer said.

The three-month gun amnesty started on July 1 and will end at midnight on September 30.

“We’re still appealing for any members of the community out there, particularly rural communities who have firearms that are no longer used, or are unlicensed, please bring them forward as part of the amnesty,” Inspector Telfer said.

“You can bring them to the police station or a firearms dealer and there’s no questions asked,” he said.