WA residents are being given a chance to surrender unregistered firearms and parts without fear of penalty as local police partner with Crime Stoppers to promote a Statewide firearm amnesty. An estimated 250,000 long-arm and 10,000 handguns which are either unregistered or unable to be registered are believed to be in Australia, as well as prohibited accessories such as silencers and ammunition. Grey market firearms — those that should already have been handed in or registered — are not typically kept by people with any criminal intent, but the concern these firearms could end up in the hands of people who plan to use them for criminal purposes has prompted the amnesty. The amnesty also provides opportunity for people to register their firearms or apply for an appropriate licence. Crime Stoppers WA chief executive Dr Vince Hughes said the amnesty would reduce the number of illicit firearms in the community. “What we’ve found in amnesties is a lot of the time it’s people who perhaps should’ve registered it a while ago and now are fearful they’ll get in trouble for not doing so,” he said. “Sometimes it’s a family heirloom, sometimes they simply find it in an old shed — any gun should be registered, and if you aren’t sure about it then this is your chance to learn more or hand it in.” Broome District Police Acting Supt Rohan Ingles said owners of “grey” firearms were less likely to report their loss or theft for fear of being prosecuted for having an unregistered firearm. “This is your opportunity to become a safe, legal owner of firearms by registering them now,” he said. “If you no longer have a need for a firearm, this is also your opportunity to hand it in to your local police station.” Crime Stoppers conducted a national firearm amnesty in 2017 which resulted in 57,324 firearms being handed in — including a rocket launcher — along with 2432 parts and accessories and more than 80,000 rounds of ammunition. During that campaign, several machine guns were handed in including a WWII Sten and a Russian-made sub-machine gun, as well as a flare gun converted to shoot 12-gauge ammunition, rocket launcher and an anti-tank bolt action rifle. Being caught with an unregistered or illegal firearm outside amnesty conditions could result in a fine of up to $280,000, up to 14 years in jail and a criminal record.