A mass haul of gun silencers and ammunition has been seized from two Perth properties following an investigation by the Australian Border Force.
A 30-year-old Perth man will face court today charged over the possession of 24 illegal firearms suppressors — or silencers — and more than 26,000 rounds of unsecured ammunition.
ABF officers at the Melbourne Gateway Facility intercepted the first of three parcels sent from China addressed to the man in December last year.
It will be alleged two of the parcels each contained one finished firearm suppressor and the third contained an unfinished firearm suppressor.
Last month, the ABF raided two premises linked to the man, and allegedly found 17 illegal suppressors at a Hammond Park property and another seven in Munster.
It will be further alleged that a number of unsecured licenced firearms and 26,871 rounds of unsecured ammunition were located.
A 62 year-old man was also charged in relation to an unsecured shotgun allegedly found in a bedroom at the Munster property.
Both men are due to appear in the Fremantle Magistrate’s Court today.
Further Commonwealth charges relating to the attempted importation of the three suppressors allegedly detected in Melbourne are pending.
ABF WA Superintendent of Investigations Clinton Sims said the investigation was designed to target the trafficking and use of illicit firearms throughout Australia.
“Firearms suppressors are highly restricted and have the potential to cause great community harm. ABF officers around the country are skilled in targeting suspect consignments and detecting firearms, no matter how they are concealed,” he said.
“ABF and its Federal and State and Territory law enforcement partners will continue to target people who attempt to import firearms, parts or accessories such as silencers into Australia without a proper permit.”
WA Police Licensing Enforcement Division Acting Superintendent Lysle Cubbage said firearm suppressors pose a significant danger to the community and it is a serious offence to attempt to import them or be in possession of them.
“WA Police Force continues to work closely with Commonwealth law enforcement agencies, and a seizure such this highlights why law enforcement agency partnerships are so important for the community,” she said.