Launceston arrest over guns

October 15, 2022 3:08 am in by

Police today conducted a number of searches and took a man into custody in Launceston in relation to recent firearms incidents. 

Northern Criminal Investigation Branch, Drug Investigation Services and the Police Dog Handle Unit have today searched several addresses in the greater Launceston area.

Searches were conducted in Ravenswood, Newnham, Mowbray and Kings Meadows. The searches form part of the investigation into recent reports of firearms being discharged in public places or into private dwellings.

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As a result of the searches police have located and seized 2 x firearms, firearm parts, a large quantity of ammunition and a vehicle. 

A 20-year-old man from Ravenswood was arrested and remains in police custody awaiting interview. The man does not have a current firearms licence. He is likely to be charged later tonight with a number of offences and detained for court.

One of the firearms seized is believed to be the weapon that was used in the recent incident where shots were fired in a Waverley residence.

Anyone with any information into the recent shootings in Launceston or any other information in regard to the illegal possession, use or storage of firearms is urged to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 . Information can be left anonymously.