WEAPON SEIZE: Kingaroy police will destroy this collection of over 30 weapons they have compiled in the last few months. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
WEAPON SEIZE: Kingaroy police will destroy this collection of over 30 weapons they have compiled in the last few months. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Guns in the wrong hands a worry for police

POLICE seize an average of three guns a week and are especially concerned over the number of concealed weapons finding their way into the hands of the wrong people.

Kingaroy police did an audit of its confiscated weapons stock last week, with more than 30 weapons, making them inoperable before destroying them.

Senior Sergeant Duane Frank said it was concerning finding weapons in the hands of the wrong people and was alarmed by the sawn-off shotgun and number of pistols in the stockpile of guns.

"It's always a concern to police having people wandering around with them in the car or on person," he said.

"We find a regular flow of guns - they're regular finds.

"In the space of a week we could find many."

Weapons were often seized in unrelated cases or found to be improperly stored by police inspections.

"These seizures usually come about from chance discoveries. All those guns have their own story," Snr Sgt Frank said.

Licensed gun owners are inspected on a regular basis by police to ensure weapons are stored properly.

"We're only taking the guns off people who are not complying with the law," Snr Sgt Frank said.

Along with the seized concealable weapons there were shotguns, high-powered rifles and a crossbow.

Gun laws in Queensland require everyone who owns a weapon to have a licence, and when the weapon is not in use it must be stored in a secure facility out of view.

Handgun requirements

As well as a gun licence, you need a permit for each weapon you own.

A Concealable Firearms Licence is needed to own a handgun.

A maximum of two handguns are allowed the first year after the licence is issued.

Handguns may not have a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds.

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