Police to scope firearms

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on November 8, 2018

IN THE wake of Narrogin Police seizing more than 70 unsecured firearms and ammunition from a Narrogin gun collector’s property, Great Southern District police inspector Danny Vincent announced on Tuesday a new operation targeting complacent firearm owners.

Operation Bluesun began on Monday and will continue for six weeks, and will involve police officers conducting security inspections and physical audits of selected firearm owner’s properties.

Inspector Vincent said the focus of the proactive operation is community safety and educating firearm owners.

“Unfortunately, what we’re finding is firearm owners who are not aware of their responsibilities,” he said.

“One of our biggest concerns is firearms falling into the wrong hands.

“So a big part of this operation is preventing firearm thefts.”

Inspector Vincent said firearm owners can find out how to comply with firearm storage legislation by visiting police.wa.gov.au or by contacting their local police station.

Operation Bluesun will be assessed at the end of the initial six-week period to decide whether it will continue.