Gun smuggling in Australia, apparently the criminals are still obtaining guns
. . . About 12 to 14 months ago, police noticed it had become much easier to obtain an illegal handgun in Sydney than it had in the past.
The Commander of the Firearms andCrime Squad, Ken Finch, says, at one stage, there was even a ''glut'' in illegal arms driving down prices on the black market.
Hard work by his squad, including a audit of every licensed firearm owner and significant of importation syndicates, helped to push the price back up to about $15,000, yet he says there are still far too many illegal handguns available.
''Our, particularly during … indicated there are a lot of handguns out there,'' Detective Superintendent Finch says. ''There seemed to be an inordinate number come on to the market very quickly.''
An analysis carried out by police found handguns were used in 88of gun crimes in the past 12 months. For public-place , that increased to 94 per cent.
At the same time, of the 632 firearms stolen from legal gun owners in NSW over the past year, only 10 per cent were handguns, indicating the guns are coming onto the market by other means.
Last March, three people were charged after Australian and German detectives smashed an international gun-smuggling syndicate that was being run, in part, from a suburban southern Sydney post office.
It is alleged up to 300 Glock pistols were imported over 12 months through the postal system.
A German gun dealer had been duped by the trio, who purported to begun buyers and ordered individual parts in separate packages and assembled them using found on the internet.
While most of the guns were recovered by police, at least seven have been used in drive-by incidents in Sydney. . . .Thanks to William Blake for the link.