A series of firearms bans (FPOs) were issued this morning as part of an operation to disrupt and deter illegal use of firearms in Melbourne West and North and Ballarat.
The operation targeted NOMADS banned motorcycle gangs (OMCG) members and their staff and involved detectives from across service areas.
Police conducted searches at several locations, including Melton West, Sunbury, Newport, St Albans and Laverton North.
A 44-year-old man from Melton West, a 35-year-old man from Newport, a 36-year-old man from Sunbury, a 39-year-old man from Sunbury and a 33-year-old man from St Albans were among those who received FPOs. .
Response Manager, Acting Inspector Shaun Bingham said the FPOs served as a “powerful tool” to hold individuals accountable when it came to the use of illegal firearms.
“We do not regret that we have deliberately made it difficult for these people to access, use and store firearms,” he said.
“It is also about creating greater consequences for these people if they come into possession of a firearm – if they want to throw dice, they can look at up to 10 years in prison.
“Make no mistake – the police will continue to do everything in their power to ensure that firearms stay out of the wrong hands.”