Police have seized 869 weapons in Queensland since launching a statewide operation at the start of the month.
Aimed at seizing illegal firearms to prevent gun related offences, Operation Quebec Camouflage, has revealed its current results at the Central Exhibits Facility in West End.
As of February 25, 869 firearms were recovered, 227 of which were surrendered.
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In addition, 101 search warrants resulted in the location of 119 weapons.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said police were harnessing the resources of regional and specialist police, Federal law enforcement and members of the firearm community as part of the operation.
“Although gun theft is at its lowest in Queensland in four years, Operation Quebec Camouflage shows police are not resting on their laurels,” he said.
Commissioner Ian Stewart said although Queensland has a very healthy firearm community, there is still a large proportion of firearms stolen from regional communities without as much security.
“This campaign is not about singling out anyone. It is, in part about reaffirming with firearm holders the importance of ensuring their firearms are secured and stored correctly.
“It is very satisfying to have removed these firearms from the criminal environment and this once again demonstrates the power of community in solving these crimes,” he said.
If you have any information about the illegal possession of firearms, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.