Two men have been charged and a number of illegal firearms seized following joint Australian Border Force (ABF) and Queensland Police Service raids in Queensland this week.
These operations are the result of an ABF investigation conducted into the importation of illegal firearm parts and silencers into Queensland.
On Tuesday (May 16), ABF investigators and detectives from the QPS State Crime Command Firearms and Cannabis Team (FACT) executed search warrants at a Doonan (Sunshine Coast) address.
During the search ABF and FACT officers located several illegal unregistered weapons and detected several serious breaches of the Weapons and Explosives Act.
Included in the items seized was an air rifle, two bolt action rifles, a straight pull rifle, three lever action shotguns, and four bolt action centre fire rifles.
A 49-year-old male resident was charged and issued with a Notice to Appear for one count each of;
- manufacture of weapon whilst 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.
He will appear in Noosa Magistrates Court on July 12.
In a separate operation on Monday (May 15), a search warrant was executed at a Mt Gravatt East residence.
During the search, several illegal unregistered weapons were located including a shortened 12-gauge shotgun, a modified .22 semi-automatic firearm, OC spray, a silencer and handcuffs.
It is alleged a 28-year-old male resident of the house had committed a number of serious Weapons and Explosives Act breaches, including not storing his weapons and ammunition securely.
The man was charged and issued a Notice to Appear on one count each of;
- unlawful possession of weapons (Category R)
- unlawful possession weapons (Category C)
- possess shortened firearms
- unlawful possession of weapons (Category M)
- possessing restricted items
- insecure storage of weapons
- fail to store small arms ammunition securely and
- contravention of a licence condition.
He will appear in Holland Park Magistrates Court on June 19.
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. “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.”
“Unsecured firearms and serious breaches of the Weapons Act pose a significant risk to the community. We have appealed time and time again for people to secure their weapons and store them appropriately,” Detective Inspector Lance Vercoe of the State Crime Command Organised Crime Unit said.
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