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Home-made pistol leads to arrests

Saturday, 28th June, 2014

By By Nick Gibbs

Police have charged two men after a makeshift handgun was found during a traffic stop in the South this week.

Officers made the discovery after pulling over a Subaru Impreza with two occupants in Bonanza Street on Tuesday.

Subsequent arrests were made on Thursday after further investigations led police to a Wandoo Street home.

A 21-year-old man was charged with a string of offences including possession of an unauthorised firearm and an unregistered firearm.

A 28-year-old man has also been charged with supplying a prohibited firearm.

Both have been granted conditional bail and are due to appear before the Local Court on July 22.

Barrier Local Area Commander Superintendent Murray Reynolds said the type of weapon seized was unusual for Broken Hill.

“This is a fairly crude, homemade firearm,” Supt. Reynolds said.

He agreed that the discovery could mean that it was getting harder for licenced gun owners to get legitimate weapons, or that there was a demand for improvised guns.     

“It could be there is actually a market out there for homemade firearms,” Supt. Reynolds said.

The lower cost and being able to avoid the scrutiny of a legitimate firearms purchase probably added to their appeal, he said.

The seizure coincides with Operation Unification, a two week campaign focused on recovering illicit firearms across the country.

Supt. Reynolds encouraged residents to call police on 8087 0299 if they had information about gun crime. Crime Stoppers may also be contacted on 1800 333 000

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