Submachine gun found during routine traffic stop in NSW

Police in New South Wales have stumbled upon a submachine gun, after pulling a driver over on the Central Coast on Sunday night.

Officers stopped a Holden Commodore on Oakland Avenue, The Entrance, about 7.40pm and searched the vehicle.

A bag containing an MP40 submachine gun with a missing barrel, a firearm magazine and 60 rounds of various ammunition was seized.


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They say the firearm appeared to be in working order.

A 40-year-old man who was a passenger in the car was arrested and taken to Wyong Police Station.

He was charged with possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing ammunition without a permit and refused bail to appear at Wyong Local Court on Monday.

The firearm will undergo forensic examination to determine if it can be linked to any shooting incidents.

It comes after the Federal Government announced a gun amnesty, a recommendation from the inquiry into the Lindt Cafe siege and the first of its kind since the Port Arthur massacre in the ’90’s.