65-year-old suspect to appear in court for possession of 11 unlicensed firearms

Pretoria: 2020-04-25 – A Crime Intelligence led operation resulted in the arrest of a 65-year-old man by SAPS K9 unit for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition at a plot in lusthof, Hammanskraal.

On arrival at the plot, the police searched the premises and found 11 firearms of various calibers. All firearms do not have licences and therefore the police placed the owner of the premises under arrest and he has been charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

During the arrest the police seized three rifles, ashotgun, a semi auto riffle, two revolvers, two 9mm pistols and two point 22 pistols with ammunition. The two revolvers were the only firearms found safely stored in a small safe in one of the bedrooms as prescribed by the Firearms Control Act, 2000. The other firearms were found under the mattress and others in the other bedroom’s cupboards. These firearms will be take to Forensic Science Laboratory for ballistic testing to determine if they have not been used in the commission of any crime.

The suspect will appear at the Moretele Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 28 April 2020.