Surrender your guns or face a $280K fine, prison
LESS than one week is left to hand in firearms and escape hefty penalties under the first gun amnesty since the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996.
Australians were invited to hand in their guns earlier this year by the Federal Government.
For anyone with illegal or unregistered weapons it's a chance to avoid significant penalties and fines.
Once the amnesty period ends, those caught with illegal or unregistered firearms can be fined $280,000 and sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.
Since the gun amnesty campaign kicked off in July, Australians have handed in more almost 26,000 guns, as figures released by the federal government this month show.
Of those, 7000 were handed in by Queenslanders, the second highest volume of guns handed in by any state, with New South Wales residents offering up 13,468.
This is the first gun amnesty since the Port Arthur Massacre, in which 35 people were killed and 23 wounded when 28-year-old Martin Bryant opened fire at a tourist village in south-eastern Tasmania.
There is no cost involved with surrendering a firearm and no personal details are required.
The Amnesty allows anyone with unwanted or unregistered firearms or firearm-related items to legally dispose of them at approved drop-off points in each state and territory.
The Amnesty period ends on September 30.
There are three drop-off points in Ipswich: Specialised Industrial Coatings at Tiger St, West Ipswich, Armament Technologies Aus, and SSAA Qld Shooters Supplies, Brisbane St, West Ipswich.
More information, including how and where to surrender firearms, can be found on the Firearms Amnesty website, at firearmsamnesty.ag.gov.au, or by calling 1800 909 826.