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It’s estimated that there are as many as 260,000 illicit weapons in Australia

Australia is bringing in its first nationwide gun amnesty since 1996 due to the rising terrorism risk and an inflow of unlawful arms within the nation.

Throughout the three-month amnesty working from 1 July, folks can hand in unregistered weapons with out the concern of prosecution, the federal government says.

These caught outdoors that interval face fines of as much as A$280,000 ($212,730; £166,480) or as much as 14 years in jail.

It’s estimated that there are as many as 260,000 illicit weapons in Australia.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan is predicted to announce additional particulars of the federal government initiative in a while Friday.

“We live in a time when our nationwide safety surroundings has deteriorated,” he mentioned earlier.

“Sadly, we’ve got seen, via terror assaults in Australia, that unlawful weapons have been used.

“We consider… now’s the time to run one other amnesty, with the purpose of lowering this pool of unlawful weapons,” the minister mentioned.

Australia introduced in the same amnesty deal after the 1996 shootings in Port Arthur.

Attacker Martin Bryant killed 35 folks within the historic vacationer city in Tasmania – the worst mass capturing in Australia’s historical past.

In recent times the authorities have been expressing rising concern over the specter of attainable terrorist assaults within the nation.

Final month, they mentioned they had been treating as a “terrorist incident” a siege in Melbourne in which a gunman was killed.

In 2014, a 16-hour hostage situation in a Sydney cafe ended with three folks lifeless, together with the gunman hostage-taker.