MORE than 220 people in NSW have been banned from possessing firearms, the majority of them members of bikie and other criminal gangs.
NSW Police say those issued with Firearm Prohibition Orders include 44 members and associates of the Brothers For Life gang, 42 members of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang and 39 men associated with Assyrian organised crime networks.
Others include 21 members of the Nomads bikie gang, seven members of the Comancheros bikie gang and six members of the Hells Angels.
In total, 223 people have now been issued with Firearm Prohibition Orders, police said on Wednesday.
Of those orders, 59 have been in place for a number of years, while 164 have been issued since November 1 last year, the day the NSW parliament passed the Firearms and Criminal Groups Legislation Amendment Bill 2013.
That law decrees that anyone served with a Firearm Prohibition Order is banned from acquiring, possessing or using a firearm, a firearm part, or ammunition.
The law also provides police with significant powers to stop and search such a person.
NSW Police Field Operations Commander, Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas, said officers were regularly using the powers the orders afforded them.
“As we have said all along, getting illegal guns – and the criminals who use them – out of our communities remains one of the NSW Police Force’s major priorities.”