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FROM THE MINISTER FOR POLICE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

DATE: Thursday, August 7, 2003


HI-TECH SYSTEM UNDERPINS HANDGUN BUYBACK

Hi-tech satellite communications will make Victoria a leader in the administration of the National Handgun Buyback, Police and Emergency Services Minister Andre Haermeyer said today.

Mr Haermeyer said buyback centres across the State would be plugged into a National Handgun Buyback Support System to track all firearms surrendered and compensation paid.

Mr Haermeyer today visited the first buyback centre – at the Geelong Clay Target Club – to announce that Victorian handgun owners could begin surrender their guns from tomorrow.

"Victoria is the only jurisdiction providing online access to the National Handgun Buyback Support System from all buyback locations, utilising state-of-the-art satellite communications between the buyback centres and the CrimTrac central server," Mr Haermeyer said.

"The satellite connection also provides voice and fax communications to the buyback centres."

Mr Haermeyer said Victoria Police had taken a lead role in developing the National Handgun Buyback Support System, which would also enable faster access to accurate weapons information, via the Weapons Identification System.

He said this system would provide:
- Consistent identification of handguns;
- Consistent pricing of handguns for compensation;
- Consistent and timely reporting of jurisdictional transactions; and
- Timely and accurate reimbursement to jurisdictions of the Commonwealth contribution to compensation.

Mr Haermeyer said police would set up buyback centres at gun clubs and other nominated venues across the state on a rolling schedule, starting with Geelong.

"The National Handgun Buyback is being implemented by Commonwealth, State and Territory governments in the wake of the tragic shootings at Monash University on 21 October last year," he said.

"Police will attend gun clubs and other venues across Victoria to collect newly prohibited handguns, which will then be destroyed.

"If owners have legitimate reasons for not being able to attend at their local buyback centre at the designated date, alternative arrangements can be made."

Mr Haermeyer said buyback centres would be set up at the following locations:

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