A man has been charged after 15 firearms were seized during the search of a home following an alleged domestic-related incident in the state’s Central West last week.
On Friday (1 May 2020), officers attached to Orana Mid-Western Police District received a domestic-related complaint and later attended a property on Talegar Lane, Coonamble, about 8.45pm.
Officers spoke with the occupant, a 57-year- old man before he was arrested.
While speaking to the man, it will be alleged that ammunition and a firearm could be seen unsecured in the home.
During a search of the home, officers allegedly located and seized an unregistered pistol, an unsecured shotgun, nine firearms from a safe, ammunition, along with methylamphetamine and cannabis.
Officers returned to the property on Saturday (2 May 2020), to access a second safe, where four registered firearms, one unregistered firearm, and ammunition were seized.
The man’s firearm licence was also suspended.
He was taken to Coonamble Police Station and charged with stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm, possess unregistered firearm-pistol, not keep firearm safely-pistol, not keep firearm safely-not prohibited firearm/pistol and two counts of possess prohibited drug.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Coonamble Local Court on Tuesday 19 May 2020.
Orana Mid-Western Police District Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Denise Godden, said maintaining safe storage protocols in accordance with legislation is a vital responsibility for all firearms owners.
“Improper storage of firearms can create easy opportunities for thieves during break and enters, particularly in rural areas,” Det/Ch Insp Godden said.
Orana Mid-Western Police will continue to conduct regular safe storage inspections across the district.
More information about responsibilities as a firearms owner, including licences, permits; sale and purchase, and safe storage can be found at the Firearms Registry page on the NSW Police Force website: https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/online_services/firearms