[link to www.northweststar.com.au] WHETHER its an antique rifle that hasn't been registered for years or a weapon that is kept locked up and hardly ever used, now is the time to surrender firearms to the police to avoid charges and fines.
Thousands of unregistered firearms have been surrendered to police stations across Queensland during a state gun amnesty which began on February 1, but gun owners only have two weeks left to avoid penalties for hanging onto their unregistered guns.
Mount Isa's crime prevention officer Sergeant Glen Arrold couldn't confirm how many weapons were surrendered by residents in the region so far, but said he was pleased with the city's response.
"We are happy with the response from the public and encourage people to take advantage of the amnesty," Sergeant Glen Arrold said.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey said more than 4000 weapons have been presented to authorities since the amnesty took force and expected to see an increase in surrenders as the April 30 deadline draws closer.
The figures two weeks out from the end of the amensty show 786 weapons have been surrendered for destruction, 3,237 for registration and 51 for safe keeping.
The minister urged anyone who still had unregistered guns to hand them in before the end of this month. "The message is simple for those who are considering illegally retaining or using firearms after the amnesty cut off period - disarm now or do time."