Starting this coming July 1st, the Australian government will be offering a 3 month amnesty period for gun owners to surrender unregistered firearms without any penalty. Experts believe that many people did not comply with Australia's tough new gun laws that were passed 21 years ago, and that there are thus many illegal and undocumented firearms in the hands of the public. Possession of an unregistered firearm can bring fines up to $200,000, and sentences of up to 14 years in prison. Government officials are hopeful that gun owners will take this opportunity to finally rid the nation of illegal firearms. It is widely believed that the number of illicit arms in Australia has actually increased since stiff gun control was implemented, and has not gone down. Politicians also stated that getting these guns off the street will help reduce the possibility of terrorism taking place in Australia. So that benefit will be gained as well, by offering this amnesty. Will Australians line up to turn in their naughty firearms, come July 1st? Remember, this is all being done in the name of fighting terrorism. Australia reintroduces national gun amnesty to combat terrorism Australia, fearing extremist attacks, to hold first gun amnesty in 20 years | The Japan Times .