Unwanted firearms surrendered

NEARLY 50 unwanted firearms and weapons were handed in to Sale and Bairnsdale police and licensed firearms dealers last month.

The unwanted and unregistered firearms were surrendered as part of Operation Thomson, which ran through the Wellington and East Gippsland police service areas.

During the operation 47 firearms, two prohibited weapons and various types of ammunition were collected.

Leading Senior Constable Stuart Jones from the Bairnsdale Divisional Firearms Office thanked the community for its involvement.

“Community safety is a constant priority for police, so it’s great to see these unwanted firearms and prohibited weapons removed from the community,” he said.

“The consequence of these unwanted items falling into the wrong hands can be devastating.

“These items will now be prepared for destruction.”

Although the operation has officially ended, police are reminding people that firearms and other weapons can be surrendered at police stations or licensed firearms dealers at any time.