Australian Police Arrest Man with M2 .50 Cal Machine Gun

A combined operation between Australian Border Force and the Western Australia Police has arrested a man for having more than 20 illegally owned firearms, including a .50 calibre machine gun. Australian Border Force officers intercepted a package from Slovenia carrying firearms parts, this led them to a 23-year-old man in Perth, officers from the Border Force and the local Western Australia police then raided the man’s home and found a cache of weapons and ammunition.

The working parts of what appears to be an AN/M2 .50 calibre Browning heavy machine gun (possibly just fitted with an AN/M2 barrel) were discovered along with several spare barrels. In addition, four shotguns, an SKS, three other rifles (type not disclosed), 11 handguns including revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, and 19 suppressors.

Vesna Watt, acting ABF Superintendent Investigations WA, said “working together, WA Police and the ABF have taken these dangerous weapons off the street and out of the community. People who think it is ok to attempt to import firearms without the appropriate permits and permissions should know we will stop them and they will face the full force of the law.”

Some of the ammunition found during the police raid (WA Police)

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Originally posted on The Firearm Blog