Gympie surrenders its gun tag
POLICE say Gympie is shedding its title of Australia's "gun capital" after only a small number of firearms was surrendered during the gun amnesty.
Officer-in-charge of Gympie Police, Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves, said he was certain the fact only 13 firearms had been handed in so far during the amnesty meant people in possession of firearms appeared to be doing so responsibly.
"I would be really concerned to think there were large numbers of unlicensed firearms out there," he said.
"The amnesty was put in place for people who were worried about handing in illegal firearms for fear of getting in trouble."
As police stations and gun shops around Queensland have been inundated with thousands of guns, Gympie's tally is one of the smallest for such a large region
The North Coast region, which covers Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Gympie, produced the most weapons in the state with about 737 delivered so far.
Gympie's contribution of 13 should help the region lose the "gun capital of Australia" tag for good, police said.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the sheer volume of surrendered weapons across the state was an "exceptional" response.
"Queenslanders have been handing in around 500 firearms each week and we expect to see this increase towards the April 30 deadline," he said.
Queensland Police amnesty project manager Inspector Peter Assfalg said weapons could be dropped off without necessarily supplying any personal information.
For information on the amnesty, phone 1300 833 548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.