Police seize illegal firearms from man's property

A MAN heavily involved in various recreational shooting and gun clubs has been fined for having unlicensed firearms on his Springdale property.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Al Windsor said police located a 30-calibre semi-automatic single fire rifle, two bolt-action 700 centrefire 308 rifles, and a rim-fire rifle during a search of Peter Arthur Luhrs' property on May 5.

Snr Const. Windsor said Luhrs told police he had intended to surrender the weapons during the recent amnesty but forgot.

Solicitor Nathan Bouchier said his client had intended to register the weapons but forgot after his father died of cancer.

He said Luhrs had taken the guns from an older friend who had since moved into a retirement home and had considered surrendering them during the amnesty but forgot.

He said Luhrs, 59, was a member of several hunting clubs including the Australian Deer Association and the Sporting Shooters' Association.

He said the bolt-action rifles had belonged to his brother who was awaiting a weapons licence approval to retain them.

Magistrate Damian Carroll ordered the semi-automatic be forfeited to the Crown with the bolt-action rifles to be held by police until the licence was approved.

Luhrs was fined $1500.