Police are encouraging anyone in possession of illegal or unwanted firearms, to surrender them with impunity as a mobile guns amnesty hits the North-West Coast this weekend.
Acting assistant police commissioner Stuart Wilkinson says the month-long campaign will target Devonport, Ridgley, Smithton and Wynyard this weekend before going statewide.
He says people will be able to surrender firearms and ammunition without fear of prosecution.
Under Tasmania’s permanent gun amnesty laws, people can surrender illegal and unwanted firearms, firearm, parts, ammunition, of gel blasters and other imitation firearms at any time, but the mobile drop-offs serve as a timely and convenient reminder.
The mobile amnesty will be at the Smithton Basketball Stadium from 10 am to 12 noon on Sunday, and at the Railway Institute at Wynyard from 2-4 pm.
Police are asking people dropping off firearms not to walk up with them in hand, but leave them in their vehicle and approach officers who will remove them safely.
Arrangements can also be made for anyone unable or feeling unsafe to transport firearms to the amnesty.