Weapons bust at Mount Morgan biggest in CQ history
A ROUTINE traffic stop by Senior Constable David Schultz has resulted in one of the biggest weapons busts in Central Queensland's history, with 150 firearms seized in the past two weeks.
Detective Acting Superintendent Darrin Shadlow said the weapons had been seized from three Mt Morgan properties and three men, aged in their 50s or older, had been charged with 132 offences.
Police conducted several raids over the past two weeks, following the discovery of an unregistered weapon in a car during the routine traffic intercept.
"They conducted further investigations which led them to the initial residence where they located 28 firearms," Det Act Supt Shadlow said.
The haul included crossbows, semi-automatic hand guns, rifles and two SKS weapons.
He said the three men were believed to be linked, and had links to gun clubs.
They will appear in court at a later date.
Investigations are continuing.
"For ... three people to have that many weapons, it is very concerning and it is very pleasing to get that many weapons off the street," Det Shadlow said.
"We're going to continue investigations in relation to this ... obviously we don't want unregistered weapons and especially fully automatic weapons coming into the wrong hands."
A semi-automatic handgun was found loaded underneath a pillow at one of the residences, he said.
The weapons have been sent for ballistics testing and an application will be made to destroy them.
Seven people have been charged with 30 drug-related offences resulting from the warrants executed.
"I've been policing more than 20 years ... I've never seen anything this big," Mt Morgan police officer-in-charge Sgt Mark Dean said.
Gun fast facts:
Number of licensed gun owners in Queensland is reported to be 186,884.
The rate of licensed firearm owners in Queensland is 5.151 per 100 people.
There are reportedly 40,314 handguns in civilian possession in the state.