A major investigation is underway on the Gold Coast this afternoon after a gun was discovered near the side of a suburban street.
A member of the public made the shock find in bushland off Halcyon Way in Hope Island just after 10.00am.
A Queensland Police spokesperson told myGC the firearm was discovered wrapped in a towel on the side of the road.
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Several detectives rushed to the area and declared a crime scene around 10.20pm, as multiple forensic officers scoured the area.
The crime scene was dismantled about half an hour later.
Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the firearm are ongoing.