Police gun check well under way
FIREARM ownership in the Clarence Valley is among the highest in the State and local police are in the process of checking firearm ownership and compliance with legislation.
Grafton duty officer Inspector Murray Gillett said there were 1223 premises in the valley with a registered firearm and many had more than one firearm per household.
He said that as per the requirements of firearm ownership laws, police were going from household to household checking on firearm compliance and were about 60-65% of the way through the process.
"We've had a number of people express concern about police arriving on their door requesting to see firearms," he said.
"Where possible we attempt to make arrangements prior to the visit.
"However, police are within their rights to ask to see people's firearms.
"I understand it might be something people struggle with at times, but it is something we need to do right across the command."
Inspector Gillett said police hoped to get to each household with a registered firearm within the next four months.