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Moroney, Ken. 2005 ‘NSW Police Seize 40,000 Weapons After Audit.’ Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney: 10 February

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More than 40,000 weapons were seized in major crackdowns across NSW, the state's police commissioner Ken Moroney said today.

Mr Moroney said NSW police carried out a major audit and compliance check of all firearms in NSW last year. He said the audit, combined with the NSW government's gun buyback, had seized 43,000 weapons, most of which were firearms.

In total, 185,000 licensed firearm holders were identified, holding about 600,000 registered firearms between them, he said.

"Some 43,000 weapons were seized and subsequently destroyed by NSW police during (20)03-04," he told reporters. Mr Moroney said a number of private security firms had closed following a police audit of the industry.

Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec said so far this year six guns had been stolen from security guards compared to about 10 last year and more than 60 in 2003."

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