Police arrest man after illegal use of firearms
Release Date: Monday, June 04 2012, 09:55 AM
ACT Policing apprehended a 27-year-old Casey man after he illegally used a firearm in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve yesterday morning (Sunday, June 3).
About 11am Sunday morning police attended the reserve after receiving a report from ACT Rangers that gun shots were heard in the area.
Upon arrival police heard gun shots in close proximity and shortly after three men emerged from the bush land and were apprehended.
The men were in possession of a 12 gauge shotgun which was registered to one of the men and approximately 100 shotgun shells.
The men had set up a clay target launching device in the reserve. One of the men held an ACT firearms license which police seized along with the registered firearm.
South District Superintendent Paul Shakeshaft said the actions of these men showed a serious disregard for the safety of Canberrans who use the park.
“The actions of these men were extremely dangerous and could have resulted in the serious injury of other people using the area. It is an offence for members of the public to use firearms in the nature reserve,” Superintendent Shakeshaft said. “If anyone witnesses this kind of behaviour I urge them to contact police immediately.”
The man will be summonsed to the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.