Police join national gun control initiative

Gun crackdown: A national initiative Operation Unification has been established to help find and seize illicit firearms. St George Police is urging the community to help police in the search. Left to right: Senior Constable Kyle Ferguson, Senior Constable Ray Kerridge and Sergeant Donna Thomas. Picture: Jane DysonST GEORGE police are on the lookout for illegal guns and urge people to contact them if they know where any are.

NSW Police are joining with the national initiative, Operation Unification, until June 29 to help find and seize illicit firearms.

The force seized or confiscated 8992 guns in 2013-14 — 4366 since January.

St George local area commander David Donohue has asked people to call police if they have information.

“If you know someone who’s unlawfully in possession of a gun, then ring the hotline and help us remove it from unsafe hands,” he said. “The information you provide might save a life.

“We are always seeking this sort of information but by joining other police forces across Australia in a mutual operation like Unification, we can act together to disarm those who shouldn’t possess guns.”

He also said most gun thefts were crimes of opportunity, with burglars stealing unsecured weapons during break-ins.

“Normally, it’s a case where thieves break into the property, looking for anything of value, and make off with the weapons,” he said.

People can give information anonymously.

“Often, it’s been that one phone call from a member of the public that’s brought the whole criminal house of cards falling down,” Mr Donohue said.

“Gun crime is unacceptable and these types of offences know no borders.”

Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000,St George local area command, 8566 7499.

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