Armed to the teeth: Coast man caught with rifles, shotguns, handguns

Officers seized weapons and firearms from a Doonan residence.
Officers seized weapons and firearms from a Doonan residence. Queensland Police Service

A SUNSHINE Coast man has been charged after police seized illegal weapons and ammunition from his home.

A joint operation between the Queensland Police Service and the Australian Border Force (ABF) culminated in the raid on Tuesday at Doonan.

Officers executing the search warrant found illegal unregistered weapons including an air rifle, two bolt action rifles, a straight pull rifle, three lever action shotguns, and four bolt action centre fire rifles.

The weapons were considered breaches of the Weapons and Explosives Act, and the 49-year-old resident was charged with six firearms offences.

Police and border force officers executed raids on the Sunshine Coast and in Mt Gravatt over illegal imported firearms.
Police and border force officers executed raids on the Sunshine Coast and in Mt Gravatt over illegal imported firearms. Queensland Police Service

He will appear in Noosa Magistrates Court on July 12.

The operations were the result of an ABF investigation into the importation of illegal firearm parts and silencers into Queensland.

THE CHARGES

  • manufacture of weapon while not licensed
  • unlawful possession of weapons (category D/H/R)
  • insecure storage of weapons
  • firearms loaded other than when being used to shoot
  • possession of magazine exceeding 10 rounds and
  • failure to store small arms ammunition in a secure place.

ABF Superintendent Investigations Matt Stock praised the work of ABF officers and their police counterparts.

"The Australian Border Force is aware and will investigate individuals who look to recklessly ignore our firearms laws," Superintendent Stock said.

Police and border force officers executed raids on the Sunshine Coast and in Mt Gravatt over illegal imported firearms.
Police and border force officers executed raids on the Sunshine Coast and in Mt Gravatt over illegal imported firearms. Queensland Police Service

"These laws are in place to protect the community and the ABF, in cooperation with our state law enforcement counterparts, are determined to enforce them."

State Crime Command Organised Crime Unit Detective Inspector Lance Vercoe said officers had repeatedly appealed for gun owners to secure weapons properly.

"Unsecured firearms and serious breaches of the Weapons Act pose a significant risk to the community," he said.

Police and border force officers executed raids on the Sunshine Coast and in Mt Gravatt over illegal imported firearms.
Police and border force officers executed raids on the Sunshine Coast and in Mt Gravatt over illegal imported firearms. Queensland Police Service

 

In a separate operation on Monday, officers charged a 28-year-old man in Mt Gravatt with firearms offences after finding illegal unregistered weapons including a shortened 12-gauge shotgun, a modified .22 semi-automatic firearm, OC spray, a silencer and handcuffs.


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