The first amnesty since the Port Arthur massacre prompted by Sydney’s Martin Place siege and a rise in the number of unregistered firearms

Nearly 26,000 firearms have been surrendered to authorities in the last two months, in Australia’s first nationwide gun amnesty in more than 20 years.

The justice minister, Michael Keenan, says the haul is a “great result” and demonstrates Australians are serious about protecting themselves and their families, handing in an average of 464 firearms a day since 1 July.

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