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Going after illicit firearms

By johnboy - 23 May 2013 6

ACT Policing has today (Thursday, May 23) launched its support of the Australia New Zealand Police Advisory Agency’s (ANZPAA) two-week national campaign targeting illicit firearms.

Acting Chief Police Officer David Pryce said that while the use of illicit firearms in the ACT is rare, Operation UNIFICATION provides an opportunity for the ACT community to help remove illicit firearms from the hands of criminals and off the streets.

“While ACT has seen a 34 per cent decrease in the number of reported firearm offences in the past five financial years, the use and distribution of illicit firearms is an Australia-wide issue, and one which does not operate within borders,” Commander Pryce said.

“We are pleased to be joining with Crime Stoppers to urge members of our community to provide information about people they may know or suspect have illicit firearms in their possession. It is important to remember that information can be given anonymously via Crime Stoppers, and could also result in a reward payment.”

Bryan Roach, Chairman of Crime Stoppers ACT, said Crime Stoppers has played an integral part in assisting police since 1996 and looks forward to continuing this relationship.

“Crime Stoppers is about encouraging the public to call when they see suspicious or criminal behaviour in their community. Our motto is: See something, Hear something, Say something. This is exactly what we want you to do with this Operation,” Mr Roach said.

Commander Pryce attended the national launch of Operation UNIFICATION earlier today in Melbourne at the ANZPAA Crime Forum, where Assistant Commissioners from all States and Territories came together to unite against illicit firearms.

The Operation will run for two weeks, from May 24 until June 7.

“During the two weeks we hope to receive information from the public to remove as many illicit firearms off the streets of Canberra as possible.”

“Focused national efforts, and using the Crime Stoppers’ information-gathering capability, helps increase police intelligence which can lead to arrests, the seizure of illicit weapons and preventing serious harm to the community. Any information about illicit firearms is valuable. If you think you know something, or have heard someone bragging about illicit firearms or their intention to use one, please call us. This information may help police prevent a serious crime from occurring or someone becoming the victim of a firearms incident.”

“The involvement of illicit firearms in crime raises the stakes exponentially. It lifts the risks from dangerous to potentially lethal. Help us to keep you safe by taking a firearm out of the hands of a criminal,” Commander Pryce said.

Illicit firearms are weapons that are illegally imported or manufactured in Australia, stolen from registered owners and/or that may be used in criminal activities.

Firearms that are not safely stored are at risk of being stolen and falling into the hands of criminals.

Anyone who has information about illicit firearms is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and speak with police in confidence.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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6 Responses to
Going after illicit firearms
460cixy 8:24 pm 24 May 13

IDE say sweet FA will be picked up. Makes for a change on them trying to get them off law abiding shooters however

LSWCHP 6:42 pm 24 May 13

This seems a bit odd to me. If a law abiding member of the community knew that someone had an illegal firearm, why would they wait until a police campaign happens before they drop a dime on the villains?

I wonder how many illegal weapons will be taken off the street as a result of this evolution.

Grimm 2:45 pm 23 May 13

Martlark said :

..Illicit firearms are weapons that are illegally imported or manufactured in Australia, stolen from registered owners and/or that may be used in criminal activities.
Firearms that are not safely stored are at risk of being stolen and falling into the hands of criminals….

Criminals get their guns from law abiding citizens. So, good gun owners are supplying the crims. You have been warned.

And that statement is a load of crap.
When was the last time you heard of a single shot, bolt action rifle being used in a drive by or the like? Considering less than 2% of cargo entering the country is ever even checked, I’d suggest that’s where the bulk of illegal firearms enter the country and the hands of criminals. The ones that ARE stolen are usually not crimes of opportunity, and it has been suggested are linked to leaked information from various state firearms registries. Nobody just turns up to do a B&E with the gear to pull a safe out of the ground and not touch anything else in the place.

PBO 2:01 pm 23 May 13

I was thinking about this very subject the other day when I was walking through civic and one of the Ne’er do wells asked me if i wanted to score, I said yes because I like buying things from random people and exchanged some cash for a brown paper bag. I got home and opened the bag and there was a gun inside……A 22 pistol.

It was a bitch to chop up and put in the conepiece and it didnt do shit.

Martlark 1:40 pm 23 May 13

..Illicit firearms are weapons that are illegally imported or manufactured in Australia, stolen from registered owners and/or that may be used in criminal activities.
Firearms that are not safely stored are at risk of being stolen and falling into the hands of criminals….

Criminals get their guns from law abiding citizens. So, good gun owners are supplying the crims. You have been warned.

Grimm 12:45 pm 23 May 13

Probably about time they actually targeted criminals rather than creating ridiculous new gun laws that only seem to make it difficult for genuine sporting shooters.

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