Goldfields Crime Investigation Unit detectives and Maryborough uniform police have arrested a man after executing a firearms search warrant at an address in Dunolly.
Police searched the home on Wednesday 15 September and located a sawn off .22 rifle with a scope, a homemade firearm, a cross bow, ammunition and two sling shots.
A 40-year-old man was arrested and later charged with a series of offences including possess trafficable quantity of firearms, possess handgun, possess category A firearm, possess prohibited weapon, hinder police and resist arrest.
He faced Maryborough Magistrates Court on Thursday 16 September and was bailed to appear before Bendigo Magistrates Court on Wednesday 8 December 2021.
The arrest comes months after a permanent national firearms amnesty was launchedon 1 July 2021, giving Australians the opportunity to anonymously surrender any illegal or unregistered firearms, parts or ammunition in their possession without fear of prosecution.
Victoria Police is strongly advising members of the public not to surrender these items at police stations, but rather take them to their nearest licensed firearm dealer where destruction or registration can be arranged, provided the individual is appropriately licensed.
If it is impractical for someone to surrender at their nearest licensed firearm dealer, they must call their local station to organise the conditions surrounding the surrender
of the firearm or associated item ahead of any attendance at a police station.
More information about the National Firearms Amnesty can be found online at www.crimestoppers.com.au.
Anyone who has information about the possession of illegal or unregistered firearms is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.
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