Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Gun amnesty hits target

    2/10/2017 12:30 PM
    • 1,242 fewer guns prevented from falling into the hands of criminals 

    Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the recent firearms amnesty has exceeded expectations with more than 1,200 guns surrendered in Western Australia during the three-month amnesty.


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


    The assortment of firearms handed in includes:

    • 186 shotguns;
    • 860 rifles;
    • 196 handguns; and
    • 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; and a
    • Pre-1900 Belgium pistol. 

    Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "I'm very pleased with the result of this latest firearms amnesty.


    "Because a previous amnesty was held in 2013, we had not expected to get such high numbers this time around.


    "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.


    "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."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900