Police have arrested a 37-year-old Wooyung man after the chance discovery of a musical instrument case on the roadside at Mullumbimby last year.
On Boxing Day last year, a motorist on Coolamon Scenic Drive spotted the musical instrument case of the side of the road.
The witness inspected the case and allegedly located a rifle in the case. The case and rifle were handed to police.
Last Thursday, April 27, detectives went to a Wooyung residence and arrested a 37-year-old man.
He was charged with possessing an unauthorised firearm, possessing a prohibited firearm without a permit, possessing ammunition without a permit and possessing an unregistered firearm.
He was refused bail to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court today (Monday, May 1).