Firearms and drugs bust

Firearms and other stolen property were seized and a Tumut man arrested.

A 38-year-old man from Wilga Street, Tumut, was arrested on December 21 for a range of alleged firearm, drug and assault offences.

The long list of charges included common assault, destroy or damage property, contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO, use or supply stolen firearm or firearm part, possess unauthorised firearm, possess unauthorised prohibited firearm, possess shortened firearm (not pistol) without authority, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, possess unregistered firearm-prohibited firearm, not keep firearm safely-prohibited firearm, possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit, cultivate prohibited plant, possess prohibited plant, receive stolen property where stealing is a serious indictable offence and deal with property proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail and is due to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court on January 7.

Police will allege that one of the weapons seized was stolen during a recent firearms theft in the Tumut area.

Ammunition, knives, cannabis plants and other property believed to be stolen were also seized.

“This was a great effort by general duties police, arresting a male alleged to be in possession of a loaded firearm at the time, and good follow up and thorough investigation by the local detectives in identifying a range of alleged offences committed,” Tumut Inspector Stephen Radford said.

Police noted an owner of a stolen firearm was also charged with not securing his ammunition and not complying with legislation in regards to safe storage of firearms requirements.

Their licence was suspended.

Insp. Radford said lawfully-owned firearms that aren’t secured lawfully can have tragic consequences for other family members accessing them or by them ending up in the hands of criminals.

“Lawful firearms owners need to protect their firearms and their sport, by ensuring that they secure their firearms up to the required legal standards under the Firearms Act,” Insp. Radford said.

“This includes following the regulations when travelling to and from clubs and on hunting trips.

“Applicants and licensees should familiarise themselves with the Firearms Act 1996 and the associated Regulation, which are available on the NSW Legislation website – Facts sheets are also available on the Firearms Registry Site that are easy to read and make the requirements clear.

““Not securing your firearms appropriately puts police and the community at unnecessary risk

“Anyone with information on illegal firearms dealing, firearm theft or illegal firearm possession please contact your local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 – your report will be treated with the strictest confidence!”