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Man arrested as part of investigation into importation of illegal firearms, weapons - Bonnyrigg

Tuesday, 02 November 2021 04:23:29 PM

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Drug and Firearm Squad detectives have arrested a man after seizing illegal firearms, firearm parts and weapons in Sydney’s south-west.

In September this year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad established Strike Force Temarang to investigate the importation and manufacture of 3D printed firearms, firearm parts and other improvised firearms into NSW.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives executed a search warrant at a home in Bonnyrigg about 6.45am today (Tuesday 2 November 2021).

Officers located and seized 17 prohibited Gel Blaster firearms, two extendable batons, a sling shot, firearm silencers and a dart gun.

A 38-year-old man was arrested and taken to Fairfield Police Station where he was charged with 13 counts possess unauthorised prohibited firearm, seven counts possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit, and four counts possess unauthorised pistol.

He was refused bail and is due to appear at Fairfield Local Court today.

Drug and Firearms Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent John Watson, said those found in possession of a prohibited firearm face a lengthy prison sentence.

“The maximum penalty for possessing a prohibited firearm is 14 years imprisonment, so I urge any anyone who may be in possession of unregistered firearms or parts, to surrender or register the items as soon as possible,” Det Supt Watson said.

Firearms and firearm-related items can be surrendered under amnesty arrangements at approved drop-off points, which include licensed firearm dealers and police stations.

For more information about the Firearms Amnesty, visit: https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/online_services/firearms

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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