Unsecured firearms targeted

EAST Gippsland police have conducted a series of unannounced home checks targeting storage and licence compliance of people who possess firearms.

Operation Secure was launched in September, prompted by police concerns that offenders had been able to steal firearms and ammunition while committing burglaries.

Police attended 16 addresses in Bairnsdale, Orbost, Longford and Yarram over two weekends, September 5 to 8 and September 19 to 22.

Six men have been interviewed and will be charged with offences including storing a loaded firearm, failing to secure ammunition, storing ammunition with a firearm, unlicensed to have a firearm and unregistered firearms.

Bairnsdale District Firearms Officer, Leading Senior Constable Stuart Jones said the results showed a high number of firearms owners were not compliant in a number of areas.

“We will continue to investigate these type of offences and prosecute were possible,” he said.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to phone Crimestoppers on 1800 33 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au