Gun Amnesty Campaign 2012

The Attorney-General's Department

Gun Amnesty Campaign 2012

A gun amnesty was announced by the Attorney-General in June 2012 as part of the State Government’s efforts to make “A Safer South Australia”.

The campaign is being run in conjunction with South Australia Police and encourages members of the public to hand in unwanted, unregistered or illegal guns, ammunition or gun parts (including silencers) by surrendering them at your nearest police station during the amnesty period - 1 August to 31 October 2012.

Key messages of the campaign

The key mesages of the campaign are:

  • Fewer illegal and unregistered guns in the community means it is safer for everyone.
  • Hand in any unregistered, illegal or unwanted guns directly to your nearest police station
  • All guns are at risk of being stolen and falling into the wrong hands. Everyone is encouraged to think about guns they may not realise are a potential problem, such as inherited guns or old guns that are never used.
  • Anyone possessing an unregistered or illegal firearm faces penalties of up to $50,000 or imprisonment for up to ten years
  • For more information visit www.police.sa.gov.au or call 1800 071 507

More about the campaign

The State Government and the South Australian Police are encouraging owners of unregistered, illegal or unwanted firearms to take advantage of the three-month gun amnesty which begins on 1 August 2012.

Owners of unregistered, illegal or unwanted guns are urged to hand them in to any police station between Wednesday 1 August and Wednesday 31 October.
 
Every gun out of circulation means a safer community, and any South Australian possessing an unregistered or illegal gun is breaking the law.  Penalties for possessing an unregistered or illegal guns are very high — up to $50,000 or imprisonment for up to 10 years.
 
The three-month amnesty is a chance for anyone with an unregistered, illegal or unwanted gun to hand it in.
 
All guns are at risk of being stolen and falling into the wrong hands. With every unregistered or illegal gun surrendered during the amnesty, South Australians are that much safer.
 
The last South Australian amnesty focused on imitation firearms and was held October-December 2009.
 
Look out for the Amnesty being promoted through the SA Police website, Facebook page and Twitter accounts.
 
For full information on how to hand in your guns safely, visit www.police.sa.gov.au or call 1800 071 507.
 

Radio campaign

Listen to two 30 second radio advertisments produced for the 2012 Gun Amnesty:  

  1. Kids (MP3 721KB) or read the transcript - kids (PDF 9.4KB).
  2. Unregistered owners (MP3 721KB) or read the transcript - unregistered (PDF 9.6KB). 

Other media

Look out for the amnesty being promoted through the:

For an alternative version of documents on this page contact the Attorney-General's Department

FAQs

Read the Gun Amnesty Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
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