Michael James Holt had previously been arrested in Toowoomba.
Michael James Holt had previously been arrested in Toowoomba. Contributed

Man arrested in Toowoomba threatens mass shooting

A RADICALISED white supremacist who expressed an intention to commit a mass shooting at a popular shopping centre had previously been arrested in Toowoomba.

Michael James Holt, 26, has pleaded guilty to firearm manufacture and possession after a search by police discovered weapons across three properties in 2015.

Michael Hotel allegedly made this \
Michael Hotel allegedly made this \"slam gun\" and it has been seized by police. NSW Police

Holt was arrested in September 2015 following a tip-off in July to the Firearms Squad that he had bee manufacturing homemade guns, knuckle dusters and slingshots.

He was caught and charged by police just a month later after he attended the Big Show Militaria, Guns Collectables Fair at the Toowoomba Showgrounds.

Holt had been carrying a knife and knuckledusters at the event which sees dealers from all over Australia sell antiques, swords, guns, military items and collectables.

A decommissioned Lugar pistol seized off Michael James Holt.
A decommissioned Lugar pistol seized off Michael James Holt. NSW Police

Holt had been stockpiling the weapons across Sydney and expressed an intention to conduct the mass shooting at a Westfield shopping centre there.

He will be sentenced in March.  


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