Strict Gun Ban For Gangs, Terror Suspects
More than 50 Victorian violent offenders, including bikies, gang members and people on a terror watch list, have been banned from handling or owning firearms and are subject to searches without warrants.
Police on Wednesday revealed they had served 53 people with firearms prohibition orders and another 30 orders have been prepared, although no guns have been netted.
"We haven't recovered a single firearm. We don't see that as a negative we see that as a positive," Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton told reporters.
"This is not just about measuring success based on the recovery of firearms, this is about measuring success on disrupting and denying accessibility to firearms for these people."
Ammunition, silencers and drugs have been recovered during searches, Mr Patton added.
The majority of recipients have been bikies, while members of Middle-Eastern organised crime gangs, people of interest to count-terrorism agencies and youth offenders have also been served with orders.
The youngest person handed an order was 17, while the oldest was a man in his 60s.
The orders, which were introduced last month, give police the power to search recipients, as well as the property they are on and people they are with, without warrants.
It also bans recipients from possessing, using or acquiring a gun, as well as going to a shooting range or gun dealership.
Those who breach an order face up to 10 years in jail.
"These are significant penalties and I've previously described them as game-changing," Mr Patton said.
"While this isn't a game, it certainly is a big change in terms of community safety for us."
Similar legislation exists in NSW and South Australia.