LAUNCESTON detectives have seized 16 firearms as part of Operation Agenda in the past fortnight.
The firearm crackdown, spurred by a rise in shootings around the state, has seen about seven people arrested in the North.
"Over the last few months we've had an increase in gun- related incidents, particularly in the North where we've had parties shooting ... at each other," Launceston CIB Detective Inspector Scott Flude said.
"As a result of that we've created a team that will particularly deal with that crime."
Police are confident they've taken the heat out of a war between two armed groups in Launceston but gun theft continues to be a problem.
"We're urging all registered gun owners to be vigilant with their firearm safety, make sure their firearms are secured appropriately," he said.
Detective Flude said the increase in gun thefts was an image thing among crooks.
"It seems to be trendy if you're a criminal to have a firearm these days," he said.
Launceston police have seized or received about 250 firearms this year.
On Thursday police swooped on a home at Newnham taking three firearms and charging a 28-year-old Newnham man.
Two of the guns seized from the George Town Road residence are believed to have been stolen from a Youngtown home on Monday.
The third firearm came from a burglary at Howell in December 2012.
The man was charged with possessing stolen property and other drug matters.
On the same day a search of a Mowbray home turned up four firearms.
A large amount of ammunition was also discovered.
Two of the guns found in the Vermont Road address were stolen during burglaries at Glenorchy and Mayfield last year.
A 37-year-old man was charged with firearms offences when a third search at a Lemonwood Street address at Rocherlea turned up two guns.
There are about 35 to 40 firearms that have been stolen in the North that are still outstanding this year.
Launceston CIB is continuing investigations into the firearm burglaries at Youngtown, Mowbray and Mitre 10 at Longford this week.
Tasmania Police's permanent gun amnesty will see a mobile police station set up in the South this weekend at Granton Park.
Anyone with information regarding these burglaries is asked to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800333000 or Launceston CIB on 63363910.
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