Australian police to destroy thousands of illegal weapons

13:39, June 22, 2010      

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Australian police have seized thousands of "absolutely frightening" illegal weapons in New South Wales (NSW) that will be destroyed.

At a weapons disposal facility in Sydney on Tuesday, police displayed a range of illegal weapons seized or surrendered during a three-week period.

Along with firearms of various shapes and sizes, there were swords, stun guns, pen knives, axes, studded bommy knockers - or giant spiked clubs - and multiple cases of ammunition.

"They are absolutely frightening," Police Minister Michael Daley said.

"The only thing that stands between one of those weapons confronting you or your family on the street, is the terrific work done by the police."

In the past three years, police have destroyed 50,000 weapons and more than 21 tonnes of ammunition and dangerous goods which have been seized or surrendered.

Premier Kristina Keneally of NSW praised the work of police in gathering the weapons and ensuring they will not return to the streets, citing statistics showing there were 775 gun-related crimes in NSW in 2009.

"We take weapons and ammunition off the streets and then we make our streets a safer place to be," Keneally said.

In the first four months of 2010, there were 4,130 weapons seized by police and a further 1,033 were surrendered.

There are more than 700,000 legally owned firearms in NSW, representing more than a quarter of legal firearms in Australia.

Source: Xinhua


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