Successful weapons amnesty completed

A TOTAL of 61 firearms and about 100 other prohibited weapons including crossbows, imitation handguns, swords, some knives and a silencer in the Latrobe Valley were handed in to the Victoria Police regional firearms officer as part of the recent weapons amnesty.

Leading Senior Constable Ian Miles said these prohibited weapons were only those that were handed in under the amnesty.

“It has been a very successful amnesty for us, that these firearms and prohibited weapons are no longer out there in the community,” Ldg Snr Const Miles said.

This was the first statewide amnesty in two years, which saw almost 2500 weapons handed in.

The weapons will now be destroyed.

However, Ldg Snr Const Miles said if any persons still wished to hand in or dispose of any weapons or prohibited weapons under the same conditions of the amnesty, without fear of prosecution, they could still do so.

He asked persons who wanted to dispose of unregistered or illegal weapons to phone

5131 5072, to make arrangements.

The penalty for carrying an illegal weapon is up to two years imprisonment, or up to 10 years for firearms offences.