A TRAVELLING gun amnesty bus could go statewide after a pilot police scheme yielded 99 firearms this weekend.
Shotguns, including several sawn-off guns, rifles and handguns were among the weapons handed in to police at Granton in the state's South over the past two days.
Detective Acting Inspector Craig Joel said he was pleasantly surprised by the amount.
"We would have been content with a single unwanted firearm coming into our possession. The Tasmanian community has made a real statement about wanting unwanted and illicit firearms taken out of the reach of criminals," Inspector Joel said.
Police denied it was merely a public relations exercise for law enforcement, saying the police were committed to a two-pronged approach to reducing firearm crime including criminal investigations targeting illicit firearms.
Inspector Joel said a number of interesting finds were among those guns handed in.
"Some of the guns include military type weapons believed to date back to World War II ... and some were found by their owners in roof cavities and under chicken sheds."
Those historical finds include a 1918 Lithgow rifle and a 1944 Lee Enfield rifle in remarkable condition.
While a permanent amnesty applies to any Tasmanian wishing to drop off firearms at police stations, the strong community response to the mobile station is likely to see the scheme head North.