Two people have been arrested after a firearm was found in a car near Sydney Airport today.
This morning (Thursday 17 January 2019), a 23-year-old man attended a car-rental service at Sydney Domestic Airport, and reported he had lost his key to the vehicle he rented on Saturday 12 January 2019.
An attendant retrieved the vehicle from outside a fast-food outlet on Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot.
While driving back to the car-rental office in the airport, the attendant located a firearm.
The attendant stopped the car on Shiers Avenue, outside the domestic terminal, and AFP were contacted.
When AFP officers arrived they seized the vehicle and the firearm.
The 23-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were arrested by Australian Federal Police at the car-rental office at Sydney Domestic Airport about 2pm.
The woman was taken to Sydney Airport Police Station by AFP officers.
A short time later, officers from Botany Bay Police Area Command attended and took the man into custody.
He was taken to Mascot Police Station, where he remains, assisting with inquiries.
The vehicle has been seized by police and towed from the scene.
The incident is not believed to aviation or terrorism related.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.