MORE than 70 illegal weapons have been seized from properties at Glenlyon and near Tenterfield.
New South Wales police in a joint investigation with Queensland Police executed search warrants at the properties they'll allege are linked to one individual.
Stanthorpe officer in charge Senior Sergeant Gerard Brady said on Wednesday, September 20 police from Stanthorpe, a team from QPS State Crime Command Firearms and Cannabis in Brisbane, along with Stanthorpe Criminal Investigation Branch, executed a search warrant on Pinnacle Rd, Glenlyon.
"As a result police located a restricted knife, two firearms and approximately 250 rounds of ammunition and police will allege it's linked to the same offender who was charged by NSW police,” Sgt Brady said.
"Police will also allege both properties are owned by the same person. The Firearms and Cannabis team from Brisbane have charged him with unlawful possession of weapons, fail to store ammunition in a secure area, unlawful possession of weapons category A, B or M.
"There's been a fair bit of contention within the community as to whether it's a historical collection or firearms but at the end of the day they're all operating firearms and some of them are quite high powered.
"Certainly would of been very negative if they found their way to the wrong members of the community,” Sgt Brady said.
During the search on the Tenterfield residence police uncovered and seized a further 73 long arms, a crudely-manufactured .22 calibre bolt-action pistol, a replica revolver, and 200 rounds of ammunition.
In a vehicle at the location, police also located and seized three further firearms, one of which was loaded.
None of the seized firearms are believed to be registered and were not being safely stored.
A 67-year-old man was spoken to at the location and his firearms licence has been suspended pending further inquiries.
He will face Stanthorpe Magistrates Court on October 18.
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