Guns removed from Coast streets

500+ guns, related items handed in.

20 October 2017

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NSW Police have netted the most guns and gun-related items of any Police are in the state - bar one - in Tuggerah Lakes.

During this year's national firearms amnesty, 300 such items were handed in between Ourimbah and Gwandalan, second only to the Oxley LAC in the New England region for firearms handed in.

There they netted a whopping 1322 firearm related items, largely due to one person handing in 987 gun barrels.

While Brisbane Water Local Area Command came in 13th, with 2016 such items handed in between 1 July to 30 September 2017.

It follows statistics released by the NSW Greens earlier this week, revealing our region is home to more than 23,000 registered firearms belonging to several thousand owners.

Statewide, nearly 10,000 firearms and firearm-related items – including 602 handguns and 1575 shotguns – have been surrendered to police and dealers.

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Regional Field Operations, Gary Worboys, says the response from the community has been overwhelming, especially in regional areas.
“It’s extremely encouraging to see community members recognising the danger posed by these weapons and doing the right thing by handing them in or having them registered,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.
“There has been a really strong response across the state which means there are now fewer unwanted or unregistered guns on our streets.
Deputy Commissioner Metropolitan Field Operations, Jeff Loy, said gun crime affects everyone.
“In the wrong-hands, guns are a lethal weapon so it’s pleasing to see people are keen to do the right thing and have used the opportunity to dispose of firearms and other weapons to ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands,” Deputy Commissioner Loy said.
Surrendered items of interest include 20 SKS assault rifles, eight M1 carbine military self-loading rifles, four sub-machine guns, a Colt AR-15 rifle, a .44 calibre magnum revolver, an Adler 110 shotgun, and a Mauser model 1918 T-Gewehr-Bolt Action anti-tank rifle.
“It’s concerning these high-powered weapons and modified guns were in our community but they have now been destroyed under amnesty arrangements,” Deputy Commissioner Loy said.
Under the amnesty 130 prohibited weapons including 14 crossbows, 27 suppressors, samurai swords, knives, and other edged weapons were also handed in.
Anyone with information concerning gun crime in NSW should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 
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