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FLA takes action – Begins house-to-house searches for delinquent licensed firearm holders

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 9:33 AM

The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) says it’s working with the police in a house-to-house search for licensed firearm holders who have failed to present their guns for inspection, renewal and certification.

In June, the FLA announced an amnesty to allow firearm holders to get up to date without fear of prosecution.

However, more than 3,000 firearm holders failed to take advantage of the amnesty, and CEO of the agency, Shane Dalling, says it is time for action.

According to Dalling, the FLA is still urging persons to present their firearms for inspection and certification as it is a criminal offence not to do so each year.

He notes that the penalty for persons who fail to present their firearms each year is up to 12 months' imprisonment or $200,000.

He says the FLA collected approximately $17 million during the six weeks of the amnesty and this money will be used to implement the digitisation of the agency and the implementation of new technological infrastructure.

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