Hidden gun gets man in trouble

A CORAMBA man who kept a stolen rifle in the rafters of his roof before passing it on to a friend has been prosecuted under Australian firearm laws.

Steven Errol Brown, 38, was this week found guilty of possessing an unauthorised firearm and not storing the firearm safely.

The Coffs Harbour Local Court was told Brown kept the Tikka .222 bolt action rifle in his house before passing it on to a friend.

The gun came to the attention of police last October when it turned up at a dealership in Tamworth.

A check of the national firearm registry found the weapon had been reported stolen by its original owner in 2000.

Officers interviewed the man who attempted to sell the rifle to the dealership and he pointed them in Brown’s direction.

Under questioning, Brown made admissions that a family member had given him the firearm.

He told detectives he kept the gun in the rafters for 12 months, before giving it to the man who he knew from Tamworth to register, not knowing it had been stolen.

Police told the court Brown did not take reasonable precautions to ensure the firearm was safely kept when he received it in 2007.

He was fined a total of $800 on both offences.



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