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Gun crackdown

Wednesday, 5th June, 2019

Exhibit officer Nat Shannon locks away some of many illegal firearms that police have seized in the Broken Hill area. PICTURE: Myles Burt Exhibit officer Nat Shannon locks away some of many illegal firearms that police have seized in the Broken Hill area. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Operation Amour is underway as NSW Police crackdown on firearm theft and illegal firearms.

The operation will focus on preventing, disrupting and reducing firearm thefts mainly within regional areas.

Inspector Yvette Smith said police would make contact with locally licensed firearm holders, making an appointment to inspect their firearms to see if everything is above order.

Firearm theft is heavily investigated every time a firearm is reported stolen, according to Insp. Smith.

“We take it very seriously, so we do have our forensic people out there,” she said.

“We do put very qualified police on those particular ones because the last thing we want is any kind of firearm getting into the wrong hands.

“So we do all we can with our forensics and our investigations to look into any possible person of interest.

“We look at everything and follow up any leads we get about firearms to make sure we get them off the street as soon as we can.

“Sometimes it’s just a matter that they just show up at the most unusual of times, unfortunately.

“We might just do a stop for a traffic matter and find firearms in the car.”

Insp. Smith said locals were more than welcome to hand in their illegal firearms to police, who will come and collect them when asked. However, police are obligated to ask questions to locals on how they obtained illegal firearms. 

“I’ll be honest, we need to follow up those, you can’t just ring up and say hey I’ve got this gun can you come and collect it,” Insp. Smith said.

“We’ve got to inquire as to how someone who doesn’t have a licence came to have the gun.

“They can bring them into the police station, but if they’re going to do that we need to make sure that they’re rendered safe before they do that.”

To report on the whereabouts of illegal firearms, call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or report directly to the Broken Hill Police Station.

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