Gun crime spikes in NSW

NOT since a massive weapons supply chain was dismantled earlier this year have NSW police found so many guns in the hands of accused criminals.

In the past week, a disturbing number of illegal guns have been found at crime scenes and during police raids across the NSW.

On Monday afternoon two armed men wearing dark, hooded-jumpers robbed a Sydney betting agency.

Late Sunday night a man was allegedly robbed at gun-point after driving to a laneway where he expected to buy a car.

Less than an hour later, bullets were fired into a home in Sydney's west.

Earlier in the day police allegedly found drugs, guns and fireworks in a car travelling along the Oxley Hwy in the state's north.

Two men, aged, 31 and 44 were charged.

Ten guns stolen from a licensed firearms holder in the Blue Mountains on Friday have still not been found.

While police have been reluctant to link the recent spate of firearm busts with outlaw motorcycle gangs, detectives allege at least one has strong ties.

Four men, including two alleged associates of the Rebels bike gang were charged last week with multiple drug and firearm offences stemming from recent raids.

On one occasion, detectives attached to Strike Force Raptor allegedly found two revolvers, 120 rounds of ammunition about 1kg of amphetamine in a car parked in front of a Rebel member's home. A shotgun was allegedly found in a nearby garage.

Last month Premier Barry O'Farrell's amendments to the Firearms Control Bill were passed in NSW Parliament.

Police have destroyed more than 1500 illegal guns in the past 12 months.

The spike in gun activity comes two months after police cracked the biggest weapons supply chain in the state's history.

During April raids police allegedly found military grade assault rifles, hand guns and thousands of bullets in premises at Port Macquarie and Sydney.

Two men are currently before the courts.


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