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Armed man snatches rifle from WA gun shop, sparking manhunt



An armed man is on the loose in a coastal Western Australia town after rife was fired at a Perth school and a state-wide crackdown on firearms was announced.

Police are searching for a man who entered a Busselton gun shop with a handgun and snatched a long-arm rifle and ammunition at 8.50am local time today.

The man is believed to have left the area in a silver Holden Commodore wagon.

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WA Police have issued an urgent alert following the armed hold-up. 

The accused has been described as light-skinned with dark hair under a cap, between 25-30 years old and of stocky build.

He was wearing a dark-coloured long-sleeve shirt layered over a white shirt and black shorts.

Premier Mark McGowan raised concerns about the number of guns registered in the state as he vowed to deliver "the toughest gun restrictions in Australia" today.

He said there are currently 360,000 licenced firearms in the state, and that the number had "increased in recent years".

"We need to stop ourselves falling into that terrible abyss that America has fallen into," the premier said.

His announcement followed the arrest of a 15-year-old boy in Perth who allegedly brought two rifles to Atlantis Beach Baptist College in Two Rocks, in the city's outer northern suburbs, yesterday.

Terrified students hid under their desks as he allegedly fired multiple rounds, sparking a lockdown. 

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