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Gun amnesty tackles issue of unregistered firearms

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Crimestoppers has launched a National Firearms Amnesty with Victoria Police in a bid to crack down on the number of illegal and unregistered guns across the state.

Speaking outside Geelong Police Station on Tuesday, Crimestoppers chief executive Stella Smith said weapons-related incidents had increased across the state as of 2020.

“Together with Victoria Police we are ramping up our fight against illegal guns, and the increasing firearms related incidences in Victoria”

Geelong CIU Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Guthrie said they priorities tip-offs given to Crimestoppers that are handed down to local police

“I’ve got detectives that within minutes of getting some information they’ll act on it. As we currently speak they’re out there [executing a] warrant today on information that has been provided through to Crimestoppers”

“We at Geelong CI, and other CI’s around here being Colac, Torquay and the Western Region make [working on information given to them from Crimestoppers] a priority”

The National Amnesty means anyone who surrenders an unlawfully possessed gun, or gun part, will be indemnified from prosecution.

However, the gun amnesty does not protect people who are found in possession of an unregistered or illegal firearm.

Anyone who has an unregistered gun, or gun-related related items can surrender them at local police stations anonymously and without penalty, for registration, sale or destruction.

Find out more at https://crimestoppers.com.au/firearmamnesty/

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