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21 Fire Arms Seized

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Operation Athena

21 firearms have been seized and one person arrested as part of South West Operation 'Athena'.

Detectives from Warrnambool and Portland were tasked to ensure firearms compliance was being upheld in the region and was led by the Warrnambool Divisional Tasking Team, with support from the Warrnambool Crime Investigation Unit, Warrnambool Family Violence Investigation Unit and Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigation Team and the Portland Crime Investigation Unit.

Between Monday 6 September and Friday 10 September, police conducted one search warrant, six Firearm Prohibition Order (FPO) compliance searches and 84 licensed firearm storage inspections to locate and seize any unsecured or illegal firearms and firearm related items.

The search warrant was executed at an address in Camperdown on Monday 6 September, where officers seized an imitation firearm, ammunition, shotgun cartridge, laser pointer, baton and six grams of cannabis.

A 32-year-old man was arrested and later charged with a range of offences including prohibited person possess imitation firearm, possess ammunition, possess prohibited weapon and two counts of possess cannabis.

He appeared before Warrnambool Magistrates Court and was bailed to reappear before the same court on 8 April 2022.

Of the six FPO compliance searches, police found one breach at an address in Dennington.

A 35-year-old man is expected to be charged via summons with possess firearm related item when a FPO applies, possess ammunition without license and unlicensed person fail to store cartridge ammunition in a secure manner.

A 63-year-old man, also residing at the Dennington address, is expected to be charged via summons with possess ammunition without license and unlicensed person fail to store cartridge ammunition in a secure manner. Only one of the 84 licensed firearm storage inspections resulted in firearms being seized.

Police visited an address in Narrawong where they seized 21 firearms, including three that were unregistered.

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A 53-year-old man was interviewed for failing to have the correct security system in place and is expected to be charged via summons with possession of three unregistered firearms.

Acting Detective Sergeant Blake Amos, Warrnambool Divisional Tasking Team said, “Unsecured firearms are sitting ducks for serious criminals, so we make no apologies for regularly checking how owners are storing their firearms to make sure they don’t fall into the wrong hands.”

“It’s heartening to see the vast majority of licenced firearm owners in our community are keeping their weapons safe, but that is certainly not permission to become complacent.” Mr Amos said.

“We will continue to run regular operations like this to seize firearms and other weapons from negligent firearm owners, as well as violent and dangerous people, ensuring the safety of south western Victorians.” Sergeant Amos concluded.

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