Killer pens could be on the streets, police warn

IPSWICH police are concerned short range deadly firearms disguised as pens could be on the streets after a man was arrested carrying a similar weapon.

 A man was arrested in Rosewood with a weapon resembling a gold pen after a domestic disturbance early yesterday morning.

Ipswich Police Inspector Keith MacDonald said the .22 calibre weapons retain a striking similarity to a piece of stationery - only with the potential to fatally wound an unsuspecting victim.

Rosewood police were tipped off by a member of the public with information about the man's possession of the weapon after his involvement in a domestic disturbance early yesterday morning.

Police caught the man while driving a car near Rosewood train station at 9am.

The 33-year-old man was taken into custody and charged with unlawful possession of a fireman and explosives and domestic violence offences after an interview with police.

Police allege the man had the pen gun and ammunition in his possession.

The weapon is fired by loading a single bullet into the chamber and using the push button of the pen as the trigger.

Insp MacDonald urged anyone who has seen a weapon similar to the pen gun pictured to call Crime Stoppers.

He said if the weapon is fired at a person from close range, the injuries inflicted results could be fatal.

"The fact of the matter is it can be extremely dangerous for the public," he said.

"The fact is if they were used in close an unsuspecting person would not have any idea what has happened."

The accused is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on May 26.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24 hours a day.

Topics:  illegal weapons ipswich magistrates court unlawful possession of weapons

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