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A rocket launcher and more than 57,000 firearms have been surrendered during a gun amnesty period in Australia, the first since strict gun laws were passed in response to a mass shooting in 1996.

“It aimed to reduce the number of illicit weapons by allowing people to hand them over without fear of prosecution. The government said the amnesty deal had made the nation safer.

“Taking these unregistered firearms off the streets means they will not fall into the hands of criminals, who might use them to endanger the lives of innocent Australians,” Law Enforcement Minister Angus Taylor said on Thursday.

“It is illegal to own an unregistered firearm in Australia. Offenders face fines of up to A$280,000 (£172,000;$225,000) and up to 14 years in jail.”

Source: Australians turn in 57,000 guns in national amnesty – BBC News

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