Homemade explosive device, three pistols and $86,000 in cash are seized from a home in Tasmania


Homemade explosive device, three pistols and $86,000 in cash are seized from a home in Tasmania as the state cracks down on illegal weapons

  • Tasmanian police are cracking down on illegal guns in the state’s north
  • Police charged a 27-year-old man with a string of offences in relation to gun use
  • He was found to have 1000 rounds of ammunition, drugs and $86,000 in cash 

An improvised homemade explosive device and three pistols have been seized by police in northern Tasmania amid a crackdown on illegal guns in the region.

The weapons, plus more than 1000 rounds of ammunition, drugs and $86,000 in cash, were discovered at a South Launceston house on Monday.

Tasmania Police have charged a 27-year-old man with a string of offences, including possessing a gun and ammunition without a licence.

A major firearms amnesty drive will be held in the state’s north on Saturday, as part of the crackdown sparked by about a dozen gun incidents in March and April.

An improvised homemade explosive device and three pistols have been seized by police in northern Tasmania amid a crackdown on illegal guns in the region

An improvised homemade explosive device and three pistols have been seized by police in northern Tasmania amid a crackdown on illegal guns in the region

People can hand in their guns, unregistered or otherwise, to police at four locations without the risk of being prosecuted.

Police have seized 19 illegal guns over the past fortnight as part of their ongoing operation.

‘Firearms in the wrong hands are dangerous and are of utmost concern to police,’ detective inspector Craig Fox said.

‘We know that there are people out there in the community who know people in possession of illegal firearms.

‘Please come forward, provide information, so we can take these illegal firearms off the street permanently.’

On April 22, a 52-year-old man was left in a serious condition after being shot outside his house in Launceston while confronting two apparent burglars near his car.

Most of the shootings involved people known to each other, police said.



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