556kg haul of ammo handed in across Queensland

QUEENSLANDERS have surrendered more than 556 kilograms of sporting small arms ammunition during the first quarter of 2013.

Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps visited the Queensland Government explosives reserve at Helidon this week to view the disposal of part of a large cache of unwanted ammunition handed in.

Mr Cripps sad this year they were seeing a large increase in surrenders as recreational shooters and collectors responded to the broader Queensland Government weapons and firearms amnesty.

Mr Cripps said the ammunition amnesty was in the interest of public safety. Anyone without a firearms licence or an authority to collect ammunition faces a fine of up to $44,000.

"The amnesty applies to sporting small arms ammunition with a calibre up to 19mm in brass and steel cases, as well as shotgun ammunition including brass and plastic shells up to 19mm," he said. "People can hand in unwanted ammunition to licensed firearms dealers throughout Queensland."



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