Australian police find Nazi machine-gun in traffic stop

Australian police find Nazi machine-gun in traffic stop

Australian police have seized a World War II era machinegun during a traffic stop 100km (60 miles) north of Sydney.

Officers searched a car on the Central Coast of New South Wales on Sunday night and found an MP40 sub-machine gun plus 60 rounds of ammunition.

The weapon was developed in Nazi Germany - more than a million were produced during the war.

A 40-year-old man, who was a passenger in the car, was charged with possessing a prohibited firearm.

Police said he was refused bail and would appear at Wyong Local Court on Monday.


A forensic examination will be carried out on the firearm to determine whether can be linked to any shooting incidents.

The gun was missing its barrel but police said initial examinations suggested it was in working order.

Australia has very strict gun control laws. All firearms must be registered, and to use one a person must hold a licence.

But it is estimated that there are as many as 260,000 illicit guns in circulation.

Last week, Australia brought in a national gun amnesty because of the growing terrorism threat and an influx of illegal arms in the country.

Those caught with prohibited weapons during that period face fines of up to A$280,000 ($212,730; ?166,480) or up to 14 years in prison.

A similar amnesty was held after the 1996 shootings in Port Arthur, Tasmania, in which 35 people were shot dead.

About 650,000 firearms were destroyed in that amnesty, and gun crimes dropped rapidly.



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Strictly star Brendan Cole shares very rare photo of daughter Aurelia

Strictly star Brendan Cole shares very rare photo of daughter Aurelia..

27-Jun, 09:48

The four-year-old is Brendan's only child with wife Zoe Hobbs Brendan...

Study: new cars unaffordable for most Americans

Study: new cars unaffordable for most Americans..

26-Jun, 22:06

Ford Focus compact cars are offered for sale at a dealership on June 20,...

Facebook hits two billion users

Facebook hits two billion users..

27-Jun, 15:54

More than a quarter of the world's population now uses Facebook every...

Boy, 11, found dead with electrical burns at rail depot

Boy, 11, found dead with electrical burns at rail depot..

27-Jun, 17:06

A boy has died after sustaining serious electrical burns at a rail depot....

Fact-checking Trump's 'repeal and replace' Obamacare timeline

Fact-checking Trump's 'repeal and replace' Obamacare timeline..

24-Mar, 23:20

Following the collapse of the Republican-backed American Health Care Act...

Kremlin: Trump totally right that uproar over Sessions is 'witch hunt'

Kremlin: Trump totally right that uproar over Sessions is 'witch hunt'..

03-Mar, 10:24

The Kremlin on Friday said it agreed entirely with President Trumps...

Police, coast guard, fire service unions protest in Greece

Police, coast guard, fire service unions protest in Greece..

22-Feb, 12:28

About 1,200 uniformed Greek police, coast guards and firefighters are...

Alicia Keys on teaching sons how to express their emotions, develop work ethic

Alicia Keys on teaching sons how to express their emotions, develop work ethic..

05-May, 12:32

Alicia Keys wants to make sure she has an open, honest relationship with...