By Rebecca Peppiatt
A 31-year-old Helena Valley man was last week arrested and charged with weapons offences after police found a large stash of guns, ammunition, weapon parts and firearm-making items at his home.
WA Police and Australian Border Force officers raided the property on Friday as part of an investigation into the importation of guns and firearm parts.
Among the items seized were four pistols, five rifles and five homemade silencers.
Other items included gun barrels imported from China, 3D printers, 3D gun parts, 6000 rounds of ammunition and firearm manufacturing machinery.
Sergeant Sonny Albuquerque from WA Police Force’s Licensing Services said those that do not have a good reason to have guns could have their licence revoked.
“Those in our community who hold a firearms licence do so for specific lawful reasons such as sporting activities, farming and agricultural use, and other activities that are directly linked to their source of income,” he said.
“Persons importing illicit firearms or parts to alter their licensed firearms, that render them unlawful, and those who manufacture illegal firearms or parts are committing offences and will be prosecuted.
“These activities will be considered when reviewing their fitness to hold a firearm licence and may result in them not being eligible to be licensed to possess firearms or may result in their existing licence being revoked.”
The man appeared before Midland Magistrates Court on August 27 charged with Unlicensed Manufacture of Firearms/Ammunition, Possession of contrivance known as a Silencer, Failed to comply with firearm or ammunition storage requirements and Possess a Prohibited Drug (Cannabis).
Sgt Albuquerque said he encouraged gun licence holders to do the right thing.
“As a law enforcement agency, we have a duty to ensure only responsible people obtain and continue to hold a valid firearms licence, and engaging in unlawful activity is one way to have that suitability to hold a firearms licence brought into question,” he said.
“It simply isn’t worth the risk.
“If there are firearms licence holders out in the WA community who have purchased illicit firearms or components, and they wish to safely dispose of those items during the current firearms amnesty, I encourage those people to contact their local police station and arrange to hand those items in.”