The Australian Government’s first priority is ensuring the safety of the Australian community.
Last week, state and territory police ministers agreed to a permanent national firearms amnesty commencing in the second half of 2020.
Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, Jason Wood said the national amnesty that ran from 1 July to 30 September 2017 resulted in more than 57,000 firearms being handed in for registration, sale or destruction.
“Thanks to the great work of the former Howard Government, Australia has some of the strongest firearms laws in the world, however we can’t be complacent,” Assistant Minister Wood said.
“A permanent amnesty will improve public safety by reducing the number of unregistered firearms in Australian communities.”
Assistant Minister Wood has also announced plans to restrict the importation of bump stocks to further improve safety.
“I hope to have import restrictions on bump stocks in place by early next year,” Assistant Minister Wood said.
“These measures build on Australia’s strong approach to the regulation of firearms as set out in the National Firearms Agreement, which was put in place after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996.
“I would like to thank my state and territory colleagues for working together to help keep our communities safe.
"The Government is committed to keeping Australia's firearms laws among the strongest in the world while ensuring those with a legitimate need to access firearms are able to do so."