A raid on a property in NSW has resulted in the shock find of more than 700 firearms, including 11 unregistered guns.
Officers from Strike Force Raptor executed the search warrant at a home in Nyngan around 9.00am yesterday following investigations into the supply of prohibited drugs and firearms across the state.
A 69-year-old man, who police allege was selling a number of prohibited weapons, unregistered firearms and ammunition on an ongoing basis, was arrested.
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He was taken to Nyngan Police Station and charged with 28 offences including not keep firearm safely, possess unregistered firearm, supply firearm to person unauthorised to possess it and fail to keep record of ammunition transactions.
He was also hit with other charges including use, supply, acquire or possess defaced firearm, use, supply etc stolen firearm or firearm part, possess unregistered firearm – not prohibited firearm/pistol and sell military-style weapon buyer no authority.
The man, who is a registered gun dealer, also had his Firearms Dealer Licence suspended and all of his firearms seized for forensic examination.
He was refused bail to appear at Dubbo Local Court today.
Criminal Groups Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Robert Critchlow, said this arrest and significant seizure of firearms sends a strong message to those in the illegal gun trade.
“Yesterday’s successful operation in the state’s Central West is a result of an ongoing 18-month investigation into criminal activity and specifically in this case, the supply of prohibited firearms,” Det Supt Critchlow said.
“Police will allege that this man, who is a registered gun dealer, was selling firearm parts and prohibited modified weapons, including a rocket launcher.
“NSW Police support safe and legal firearm ownership, however, those responsible for illegally dealing guns for the purpose of criminal activity, will be investigated, arrested and put before the courts.”