Police officers are coming across more and more firearms in their daily work, sparking concerns for their safety. Reporter Kiri Gillespie investigates exactly how many guns are being seized in the Bay of Plenty and why those on the front line believe there could still be many more no one knows about and why society should be worried.

A total of 683 guns have been seized by police in the Bay over the past five years, sparking safety concerns from the police association.

New Zealand Police figures obtained by the Bay of Plenty Times reveal a total of 251 guns