The single act Perth cops have come under question over after gunman Mark Bombara shot a mother and daughter dead in their Floreat home in murder-suicide

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Questions have been raised over why police did not confiscate guns from a man before he shot and killed a mother and her daughter while looking for his ex-wife.

Mark Bombara, 63, shot Jennifer Petelczyc, 53, and her 18-year-old daughter Gretl dead inside their Floreat home, in Perth's western suburbs, at about 4.30pm on Friday before turning the gun on himself.

Bombara, who is the registered owner of 13 guns including 11 longarm firearms and two handguns, was looking for his ex-wife and mother of their four adult children, Rowena.

Ms Bombara had been staying at her friend's Berkeley Crescent home on and off since separating from her husband on April 1.

Police seized Bombara's weapons during a search of his Mosman Park on Saturday, following the horrific double-murder suicide.

Mark Bombara (left) shot and killed a mother and her 18-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself after he was unable to locate his ex-wife Rowena (right)

Mark Bombara (left) shot and killed a mother and her 18-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself after he was unable to locate his ex-wife Rowena (right)

Jennifer Petelczyc, 53, (left) and her 18-year-old daughter Gretl (right) were killed inside their home

Jennifer Petelczyc, 53, (left) and her 18-year-old daughter Gretl (right) were killed inside their home

Questions have been raised whether cops should have seized Bombara's weapons sooner with the authority given to them under Section 24 of The 1973 Firearms Act.

'A member of the Police Force may seize and take possession of any firearm . . . if, in the opinion of the member of the Police Force, possession of it by that person may result in harm being suffered by any person,' section 24 of the Act states.

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Shooters Union official and former police officer Steve Harrison said Section 24 allows police broad discretion to confiscate weapons if they believe the owner poses a threat.

'Section 24 reads succinctly and lends itself to being an effective, immediate action where any concern is held for either the firearm owner or others determined to be within the context of the risk for potential harm being done against them,' Mr Harrison told The West Australian.

'It requires a police officer to consider and decide if the powers are to be exercised. This is an on-the-spot tool, and there is no requirement for decision referral or a need for warrants.'

Under the clause, police do not need evidence of criminality or a lodged violence restraining order to confiscate the weapons.

It's understood police were aware of Bombara's cache of weapons when his ex-wife sought protection while moving out of their home on April 1.

However, police close to the investigation explained taking Bombara's guns might not have prevented the tragedy.

Bombara was the registered owner of 13 guns including 11 longarm and two collector's handguns. It's understood he used one of the handguns in the double-murder suicide

Bombara was the registered owner of 13 guns including 11 longarm and two collector's handguns. It's understood he used one of the handguns in the double-murder suicide

Bombara had no prior convictions or any record of violence restraining order against him, which means he would likely win a State Administrative Tribunal appeal and his weapons would have been returned.

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Mr Papalia said Bombara became known to police after his ex-wife asked for officers to be present at the home while she packed her belongings due to 'Family Domestic Violence [FDV] related matters'. 

'But none of those had been reported to police and he was not known to the police in any other way other than her approaching them at that time,' Mr Papalia said. 

 'Under the current laws, [Bombara] was still deemed a fit and proper person (to hold a firearm) . . . police act lawfully. 

'[Bombara], sadly, was a fit and proper person right up until the time he committed that act.'

Under both current gun laws and proposed reforms, officers would still not have had the power to strip Bombara of his weapons when the FDV matters were first raised to police eight weeks ago.

Had Bombara been the subject of a violence restraining order or one had been lodged, police would have seized his weapons immediately.

Shadow Police Minister Paul Papalia (pictured) said the horror shooting demonstrated the need for tougher laws around gun ownership and regulations around the seizure of firearms

Shadow Police Minister Paul Papalia (pictured) said the horror shooting demonstrated the need for tougher laws around gun ownership and regulations around the seizure of firearms

Mr Papalia said police would have been informed about the couple's history of domestic violence when Rowena requested police presence at her home.

He added police did not use the information for further investigation as it 'wouldn't have met the threshold for being an offence or something to charge'.  

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Bombara had 11 firearms under a recreational shooter's licence and two handguns under a collector licence.

It is understood the weapon used on Friday was one of the handguns.

The Western Australian government announced new gun laws on Monday, set to be put to parliament in the coming days.

In October, the WA government revealed proposed firearm law reforms that would limit the number of guns someone can own.

Under the Firearm Act review, recreational shooters would only be allowed five guns, while farmers and competitive shooters would be restricted to 10.

Gun owners would also have to undergo mental health checks and could lose their firearm licence automatically if a violence or family violence order is taken out on them.

If the bill passes through parliament, Western Australia will have the strictest gun legislation in the country.

Mr Papalia explained under the proposed gun reforms, Bombara would not be eligible to hold the two collector's handguns without a membership to a historical organisation.

Police could have seized Bombara's weapons eight weeks prior to the tragedy when Ms Bombara requested their presence to collect her things from their home (pictured, police removing a body from the murder scene)

Police could have seized Bombara's weapons eight weeks prior to the tragedy when Ms Bombara requested their presence to collect her things from their home (pictured, police removing a body from the murder scene)

Two young women lay a floral tribute at the murder scene

Two young women lay a floral tribute at the murder scene

The new gun laws would have also restricted the number of weapons Bombara was allowed to own to just five.

Mr Papalia said the state's current gun laws as 'inadequate', claiming the violent attack demonstrated a need for tougher regulations.

'What it demonstrates is how our current laws are inadequate, and we need to address every part of the law to make them tougher, but particularly around this seizure of firearms at what point that seizure is made with respect to incidents of this nature,' Mr Papalia said.

'What we've asked the police to do is assess the circumstances and the nature of the contact between his ex-wife and the police and then this event and determine whether there are things we can do to toughen up laws.

'I think there is — I think we will be acting earlier to remove firearms from premises where there's potential for harm to be done.'

Premier Roger Cook said the Floreat tragedy highlighted the need for tougher laws surrounding gun ownership.

'There is no reason a person living in Mosman Park should be able to legally own 13 guns,' Premier Roger Cook said.

'It's hard to fathom. One man, 13 guns, legally owned, right in the suburbs of Perth.'

  Bombara's ex-wife was not staying with Ms Petelczyc on Friday.

Mark and Rowena's adult children are (left to right) Isaac, Eden, Candice and Ariel Bombara

Mark and Rowena's adult children are (left to right) Isaac, Eden, Candice and Ariel Bombara

It's understood Bombara's ex-wife was not staying with Ms Petelczyc on Friday as she had left the property days before following a successful rental property application.

Daily Mail Australia understands Bombara shot each woman in separate rooms of the house before taking his own life, with police officers hearing the final shots as they raced up the road towards the scene.

The tragedy leaves eldest daughter Leisl Petelczyc, 23, who was not home at the time, as the only surviving member of the family after her father Jon died from pancreatic cancer in August 2019.

The Bombara children, Candice, Ariel, Isaac and Eden, have remained out of the public eye since the tragedy.

However, Candice and Isaac were spotted outside her East Freemantle home on Monday as they ventured out to run errands.

Returning to the property clutching a Woolworths shopping bag, Isaac respectfully declined to comment, saying he 'didn't care' to talk about what happened.

For confidential 24/7 support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT. 

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