Firearms audit on the Coast

The NSW Firearms Registry was in the Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes Police Districts between June 7 and July 11 in support of Operation Exert.

Operation Exert commenced in September 2020 and is part of a state-wide initiative which aims to provide a safer NSW through effective firearms industry regulation and the prevention, disruption and response to firearms-related crime.

It also provides additional education and training in the conduct of firearms safe storage inspections and audits for all NSW Police Commands and Districts.

During its time on the Coast, seven licensed firearms dealer audits and safe storage inspections were conducted, which included the audit of more than 350 firearms.

Minor record keeping and safe storage issues were identified during the inspections, which will undergo further review.

The Registry will continue to support the two districts, and work with licence holders, to resolve these matters.

Further local Firearms Range and Club audits are planned for later in the year.

“I am pleased with the Operation Exert results across Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes Police Districts – it demonstrates that individual gun owners and associated firearms businesses take their responsibilities seriously, in what is a highly regulated industry,” NSW Firearms Registry Commander, Detective Superintendent Cameron Lindsay, said.

“The operation also gives those individuals and business owners an opportunity to voice any concerns they might have when it comes to firearms legislation.”

Operation Exert is continuing across NSW.

Anyone with information relating to the unsafe storage of firearms and other prohibited weapons, or failure to comply with Firearms Legislation is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or email

Media release, Jun 11
NSW Police Media