Despite a massive security blunder being uncovered, gun thefts in NSW are not a result of poor security at the NSW Firearms Registry, according to the officer in charge, Detective Superintendant Ken Finch.
Finch believes the gun thieves are not organised gangs but more likely to be locals in the various areas where problems exist.
This may be backed up by the recent arrest of two men in Mumbil over thefts in the Central West region, including one incident in which seven firearms were stolen from a property near Mudgee.
A 25-year-old man from Blackett was charged with various offences, including firearm offences, while a 17-year-old from Aarons Pass was also charged.
Finch told the Sydney Morning Herald there was no evidence that guns stolen over recent months in NSW, which were mainly longarms, were being supplied to gangs.
Police implied that thieves who stole 22 handguns during a violent robbery in Mt Druitt in June may have known about the guns because the victim was a member of a Sydney pistol club and was setting up a firearm business.
The DailyTelegraph today reported that the NSW registry had accidentally sent the names, addresses, gun-licence details and other information about 51 Chubb security guards to 18 security companies.
The Telegraph reported that Assistant Commissioner Alan Clarke blamed it on human error and he did not believe the registry was compromised.