Leeton Clay Target Club discusses national gun amnesty

A Riverina shooting club doesn’t take issue with a new gun amnesty, but does believe the right people should be targeted. 

The first national gun amnesty since the Port Arthur massacre will start on Saturday and aims to keep some of Australia's 260,000 illegal guns out of terrorists' hands.

The three-month amnesty will allow people to hand in unregistered guns. 

Leeton Clay Target and Gun Club president Trevor Stockton said didn’t have a problem with the amnesty, but said those doing the “right thing” should be left alone. 

“I think the criminals need to be targeted and for those of us that have recreation guns, we should be left to do what we do,” he said. 

“We’re not harming anyone, but sometimes you do feel targeted (by authorities) because of the guns. 

“I think farmers certainly do still need proper access to firearms … there is a problem with feral animals at the moment.”

Mr Stockton said it was important those with firearms complied with all of the laws and regulations. 

The federal government estimates there are 260,000 illegal guns in the community, which is one of the reasons for the amnesty. 

For the period of the amnesty, members of the public in possession of unregistered firearms and firearm related articles will be able to surrender, register or supply those items to a participating firearms dealer without fear of prosecution.

Prohibited weapons can also be surrendered during the amnesty.

The aim across the three months will be for people to either register firearms or have them removed from the community.

Residents that are in possession of an illegal firearm can face many tough penalties. 

Mr Stockton said it was something police were right on to. “We just need the people in the wrong to be targeted,” he said. 

Residents wanting more information on the gun amnesty should visit http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/services/firearms/amnesty/frequently_asked_questions_-_amnesty

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