Police have seized over 450 firearms from a property in the state’s south.
On Thursday 22 August 2019, officers attached to Monaro Police District attended a property on Blairgowie Avenue, Cooma to seize seven firearms that had failed to be forfeited from a deceased estate.
An 80-year-old man, who is a registered firearms dealer, assisted police with their inquiries. Only three of the seven guns could be located.
During their search, police witnessed a large number of firearms stored at the property, with suspected damage due to moisture.
Today (Tuesday 3 September 2019), police returned to the property and seized 462 firearms and ammunition with the assistance of NSW Fire and Rescue.
Due to the poor conditions of the firearms, police and NSW Fire and Rescue personnel required breathing apparatuses to retrieve them.
An investigation into alleged breaches of the Firearms Act is underway.
The man’s firearms licences have been suspended.