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澳洲政府鼓勵民眾繳槍

Australians turn in 26,000 guns in national amnesty
 

Australians have handed in nearly 26,000 firearms in the nation's first gun amnesty since its landmark response to a mass shooting in 1996.

The amnesty began on 1 July to help counter a growing terrorism threat and an influx of arms in the country.

It is illegal to own an unregistered firearm in Australia.

Those caught outside the amnesty period face fines of up to A$280,000 (£172,000, $225,000) and up to 14 years in jail.

The current programme, running until 30 September, means Australians can surrender unregistered firearms and related items without fear of prosecution.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the "great result" so far would make the nation safer.

Police estimate there are as many as 260,000 illicit guns in Australia, with some used in organised crime as well as recent terror incidents.

Mr Keenan cited the example of Man Haron Monis, the perpetrator of a Sydney cafe siege in 2014, who used an unregistered shotgun which had entered Australia in the 1950s.

Australians turned in 643,726 firearms in 1996 and 1997 following the killing of 35 people in the Tasmanian town of Port Arthur - the nation's worst and most recent mass shooting.

The incident also led to a ban on semi-automatic and automatic weapons in the country.

澳洲政府近來鼓勵民眾主動繳槍 , 從7月1日起至今 , 已經交出了近26000支未登記的各式槍支
但估計還有10倍的數量在民間使用

期限過後持有非法槍支將面臨28萬澳幣及最長14年有期徒刑

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