Po­lice to visit firearm own­ers

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

Reg­is­tered gun own­ers can ex­pect a let­ter in the mail, in­form­ing them of the Nar­ro­gin po­lice’s in­ten­tion to in­spect their gun safe.

Prompted by an in­crease in firearm thefts across the Great South­ern, Nar­ro­gin po­lice are car­ry­ing out checks on own­ers’ firearm safes.

Nar­ro­gin Con­sta­ble Haydn Coun­sel hopes that ed­u­cat­ing gun own­ers on the cor­rect spec­i­fi­ca­tion of gun safes will pre­vent fur­ther bur­glar­ies.

“What you can ex­pect is a let­ter of in­tent signed by the Se­nior Sergeant of the Nar­ro­gin Po­lice Sta­tion, propos­ing our in­ten­tion of com­ing around and in­spect­ing the cabi­net stor­age and vis­ually in­spect all the firearms li­censed to the per­son,” he said.

“This is just to make sure that the cab­i­nets com­ply with the firearms reg­u­la­tion.

“It is a step to­wards com­mu­nity safety.”

In the town­ships of Nar­ro­gin and Cuballing alone, there are 600 reg­is­tered firearm own­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Const. Coun­sel, firearms on big­ger prop­er­ties are also at risk of theft if they’re not se­cured prop­erly.

“Un­for­tu­nately po­lice across the Great South­ern re­gion and across WA are re­ceiv­ing more and more reports that firearms are be­ing stolen,” he said.

“Some­times ru­ral and semiru­ral prop­er­ties, which ob­vi­ously in the Nar­ro­gin area is a fair few peo­ple.

“Whether the stor­age isn’t quite up to stan­dard or whether the firearms aren’t se­cured cor­rectly, we can’t stop all firearms from be­ing stolen, all we can do as a com­mu­nity is bend bet­ter to­wards the stan­dard.”

In the let­ters ad­dressed to reg­is­tered firearm hold­ers, Const. Coun­sel has in­cluded the sched­ule for in­tended in­spec­tions as well as in­for­ma­tion on the firearm cabi­net spec­i­fi­ca­tions re­quired by law.

“If it’s not up to stan­dard we’ll give you a chance to do the right thing,” he said.

“If there is real neg­li­gence we’ll ob­vi­ously have to do some­thing, but we will give peo­ple the chance to fix things and come around again.”

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Con­sta­ble Haydn Coun­sel with a typ­i­cal firearm cabi­net.

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