Adelong man jailed for keeping 31 unregistered guns

The weapons found by police at the Adelong property.

Adelong man Roger Byron Weaver will spend over two years in jail for keeping 31 unregistered guns at his property.

Weaver, 58, was jailed for four years and four months for keeping 31 unregistered guns at his property.

His sentence, handed down in Wagga Wagga District Court last week, carries a non-parole period of two years and seven months.

Police raided the property of Weaver at 2pm on August 2, 2019, after receiving a tip off, and found the 31 unregistered firearms in a large metal box. They included a loaded six-shot revolver, a loaded shotgun, a loaded sawn off shotgun and a loaded rifle with a silencer. There were also thousands of rounds of ammunition and 12 registered firearms belonging to Weaver.

He was arrested and taken to Tumut Police Station and charged with holder of category A or B licence not have approved storage, possess over three unregistered, possess shortened firearms without authority, possess unauthorised pistol and possess unauthorised prohibited firearm.

Weaver told police he believed in threats to himself and his country and that collecting the guns was a “good idea.”

Weaver was not without support at his hearing, as he had 32 character references, many from members of the Adelong community, which were presented to the court.

However, Judge Gordon Lerve, while impressed by the character references, would not be swayed in his resolve to jail Weaver, pointing out the significance of the fact so many of the weapons were loaded.