Australia announces national gun amnesty

 06/16/2017 - 12:44
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Australia is bringing in its first national gun amnesty since 1996 because of the growing terrorism threat and an influx of illegal arms in the country.

The government says during the three-month amnesty running from 1 July, people can hand in unregistered weapons without the fear of prosecution.

Those caught outside that period face fines of up to 280,000 Australian dollars or up to 14 years in prison.

It is estimated that there are as many as 260,000 illicit guns in Australia.