Lock, stock and barrel

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A group of men outside a Men's Shed.

A scheme to take guns off the streets has put high quality  hardwoods on the workbenches  of keen woodworkers at Subiaco’s Men’s Shed.

More than 10,000 firearms have been surrendered as part of the State Government’s Firearms Buyback Scheme.

Many of them are rifles which have high quality hardwood stocks that have already shown they can withstand the rigours of hunting or target shooting and still look good.

Sometimes referred to as the firearm’s ‘furniture’, this wood can be highly prized by woodworking enthusiasts - and rather than destroy the timber it has been donated.

Firearms Buyback Unit OIC A/Senior Sergeant Craig Clarke said a quantity of wooden stocks from the 6,500 surrendered rifles was donated to the Subiaco  Men’s Shed recently.

“Allowing the wood to be repurposed into other items is a more ecologically responsible thing to do, while at the same time it’s a great way to support the positive outcomes being achieved at Men’s Sheds across the country."

-Subiaco Men’s Shed President Gary Gaunt