Nationwide Firearms Amnesty

Where you can go to hand in unregistered or unwanted firearms

As part of a nationwide crackdown, SAPOL is encouraging members of the public to hand in unregistered or unwanted firearms without fear of prosecution.

The amnesty period will run from 1 July to 30 September, with the aim to improve public safety by reducing the number of firearms in Australia.

This is the first nationwide gun amnesty since 1996, where the events at Port Arthur transformed Australia's gun-control legislation.

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission estimates there are more than 260,000 firearms in Australia's illicit firearms market. The use and movement of illicit market firearms is a national problem; the amnesty is one of several initiatives being used to address firearm-related crimes and threat.

The Amnesty permits any person holding a current South Australian firearms licence to surrender a firearm to a participating licensed firearms dealer, to make an application to register the firearm or to sell the firearm to the participating licensed firearms dealer.

Outside of the amnesty period, anyone caught with an unregistered firearm could face a fine of up to $280,000, up to 14 years in jail, and a criminal record.

Drop off points are located across metro Adelaide and regional towns; the nearest drop off points for members of the Alexandrina region are located at the following:

  • Jimmel Gunsmiths
    0412 000 779
  • Sprinter Arms Company
    8537 5247
  • Tonkins Sports Store
    Victor Harbor
    8552 1766
  • Albert Cole Leonard Caire
    Encounter Bay
    8552 6777