John Edwards.
John Edwards.

Gun clubs on notice to watch for evil

GUN clubs around the state are being warned that they need to report would-be members who seem desperate to get their hands on a gun and show signs of mental illness.

This is a message from the NSW Firearms Registry in the wake of the horrific West Pennant Hills double-murder ­suicide, where estranged father John Edwards shot dead his two children, Jack and Jennifer, before turning the gun on himself last month.

The registry has held a number of meetings with stakeholders since the tragedy to canvass how it can reduce the risk of a licensed firearm holder committing a murder-suicide again.

Jennifer Edwards.
Jennifer Edwards.

 

Jack Edwards. Pictures Police media
Jack Edwards. Pictures Police media

 

Mr Edwards attempted to join at least two gun clubs, which knocked him back due to his behaviour, in 2016.

Ku-ring-gai Pistol Club said it had flagged Edwards' ­approach with the registry in an email.

Regardless, Edwards was able to join St Marys Indoor Shooting Range last year.

That is where he practised and kept his handguns before shooting dead his two teenage children inside their home.

The registry will send posters to every firearm club and industry group in NSW asking them to contact the registry or Crime Stoppers if someone shows up exhibiting any alarming behaviour.

"There are existing processes in place as safeguards for any persons to report concerning behaviours," a police spokesperson said.

"We encourage all community members to remain vigilant and be responsible for a safer community."