Firearm seizures up four-fold

FIREARM seizures at Australian borders have exploded four-fold over the past five years with most failed import attempts coming from the United States.

Australian Customs and Border Protection figures provided to APN Newsdesk show firearm, firearm parts, magazine or accessory detections in Australia increased from 225 in the 2006-07 financial year to 977 in the last financial year.

The biggest year for detections was in 2009-10 when Australian Customs discovered almost 2000 firearms, firearm parts, magazines or accessories.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesman said a large detection of magazines contributed to the 2009-10 spike.

More than 50 per cent of the firearms and accessories intercepted by customs since 2006-07 came from the US.

The significant spike in illegal firearm importation comes as gun crime continues to plague some of Australia's capital cities.

In Sydney, drive-by shootings have become a daily occurrence in the western suburbs and, in Brisbane, there were two shooting murders in 24 hours this month.

Most recently, a bike-owned tattoo parlour on the Gold Coast was shot at on Tuesday.

While Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said recently he believed many firearms involved in violent crimes were stolen, he agreed some did get imported, even through the post.

Between July, 2009, and February this year, customs authorities discovered 265 firearms (including shotguns, rifles and handguns) on their way to addresses across Australia.

In 2009-10, 121 gun detections were made, compared to 97 last financial year.

From July, 2011, to February this year, customs detected 47 guns.

While Australian Customs and Border Protection admitted there had been an increase in detections over the past five years, a spokesman said there was "no evidence to suggest large volumes of firearms were being illegally imported into Australia."

Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare established a Customs Firearms Intelligence and Targeting Team earlier this month.

The team will work with state and federal governments to tackle firearm crime and gather cross-border intelligence.

Topics:  customs, firearms



Local Real Estate

Featured Real Estate
FULLY SELF CONTAINED... $9500.00 From
Cabin Fully self contained modular homes. $13,990K for 6 x 2.4 x 2.5m ...
MACHINERY HOUSEHOLD... AUCTION
Commercial Farm Machinery - Fencing - House Hold and Sundries Auction Auction THIS ...
New Subdivision $120,000
Residential Land 0 0
The Summit Country $399,000
House 3 2
RECENTLY CONSTRUCTED... $399,000
House 3 2 5
CHARMING 3 BEDROOM... $219,000 neg
House 3 1 1
4 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM... 349,000
House 4 2 6
3 BEDROOMS WITH PRIVATE... $219,000 neg
House 3 1 1
A rare gem $510,000
4 2 4
Country residence $169,000
House 3 1 1
Stunning Happy Valley $185,000
Residential Land 0 0
Nice Queenslander $169,000 Neg
House 3 1 1
Old Style Character $169,000
House 3 3
Nice Big Building... $85,000
Residential Land 0 0
171 Acre Block $205,000
Residential Land 0 0
MODERN & SPACIOUS ON ONE... $410,000
House 4 2 6
Wisteria Cottage $795,000
House 7 4 4
Ballandean Lodge Circa... $525,000
House 4 4 2

Featured Jobs

Warwick jobs listed daily

Featured Jobs
Senior Stockperson Clifton Full Time
SALES PROFESSIONAL Warwick Full Time
... join us on the... $65177.00
... join us on the beautiful NSW north coast, enjoy flexible work ...
TWO POSITIONS VACANT... TWO POSITIONS VACANT Steele's Bakery Are seeking Counter Staff Experience and the ...
GOONDIWINDI REGIONAL... GOONDIWINDI REGIONAL COUNCIL POSITIONS VACANT Goondiwindi Regional Council invites applications from appropriately ...
Qualified Small Engine... Qualified Small Engine Mechanic of expanding, and are about to open our ...
THOMAS FOODS... Wallangarra Full Time


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Job Listings

Search for your next job now.
Learn More

Baby of the Year...

Baby Competition 2014
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Property Listings

Search for a property online right now.
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

View today's ePaper!

Read the digital edition
Learn More

Horoscopes

Leo

Connections with your father or an older male could help stabilise your life. Try to understand your genealogy and history better. You could be...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save