Australia to hold national gun amnesty

In a bid to reduce the number of illegal firearms in the country, Australia will be introducing a three-month gun amnesty.

The Justice Minister for Australia, Michael Keenan, said that from July 1st 2017 citizens can hand in illegal firearms without the threat of prosecution.

"We are living in a time when our national security environment has deteriorated. Unfortunately, we have seen, through terror attacks in Australia that illegal guns have been used," said Keenan.

The country already has some of the world's toughest gun control laws, mainly introduced after the 1996 mass murder in Tasmania when a gunman killed 35 people.

Semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns are all banned in Australia and the country also has a very restrictive system of licensing and ownership controls.

A report from 2016 claimed that there were 260,000 illegal firearms in Australia, some of which were used to radicalize locals to commit attacks.

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