First anniversary of permanent firearms amnesty nets 17,500 firearms and other weapons

On our shores, the Australian Federal Government released a report into the first 12 months of the Permanent National Firearms Amnesty, revealing 17,543 firearms and weapons were surrendered and around one third of these were subsequently registered for legal ownership. Firearms parts and accessories can also be handed in as a part of the amnesty and 606 items had been surrendered during the first 12 months.

The amnesty was approved by the former Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management in November 2019 and commenced on July 1, 2021. Individuals are encouraged to surrender unwanted, unregistered or otherwise illegally held firearms and firearm-related articles by providing protection from prosecution for the act of surrendering a firearm or related item. People can choose to register, sell or destroy the firearms they hand in.

Some states and territories provided information around whether firearms handed in had previously been reported as stolen or missing. There were 16 firearms previously noted as stolen that are now accounted for and 30 missing firearms accounted for across New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.

The Permanent National Firearms Amnesty continues and allows anyone in possession of an unregistered or unwanted firearm to surrender it anonymously without penalty. It also allows for the registration and sale of firearms. The process for surrendering a firearm for each state and territory can be found at


Surrenders Made Under The Permanent National Firearms Amnesty
Jurisdiction Firearms and Weapons Firearms parts and accessories
Australian Capital Territory 520 27
New South Wales 6704 417
Northern Territory 146 0
Queensland 2835 18
South Australia 1044 81*
Tasmania 916 33
Victoria 3279 Not available
Western Australia 2099 30
Total 17,543 606
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