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Replica guns found in Lismore on the weekend. Photos supplied.

A reminder that owning a replica gun is against the law has been issued, after two men were arrested on the weekend.

On Saturday evening police received information that two men had broken into premises at Phyllis Street South Lismore.

Police attended and arrested a 35 year old Goonellabah man and a 24 year old Goonellabah man.

Police searched them and located property belonging to the victim. A further search of the 35 year old’s vehicle located two replica firearms, methamphetamine and 95 grams of cannabis.

They were both taken to Lismore Police Station. The 35 year old was charged with Break Enter and Steal, Possess Prohibited Drug (ice), Possess Unregistered Firearm (Pistol) and Possess Unregistered Firearm – Prohibited Firearm. He was bail refused and will appear at Lismore Local Court on Tuesday.

The 24 year old was charged with Break Enter and Steal and Possess Prohibited Drug. He was granted conditional bail and will appear at Lismore Local Court in May.

This is a timely reminder for anyone still in possession of an imitation firearm that they are illegal in NSW unless you have a permit.

An imitation firearm is defined in section 4D of the Act as ‘an object that, regardless of its colour, weight or composition or the presence or absence of any moveable parts, substantially duplicates in appearance a firearm but that is not a firearm, including a laser target shooting device used in a biathlon or modern pentathlon. An imitation firearm does not include anything that is produced and identified as a children’s toy.’

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    • Personally, I’d rather have neither, but if someone wanted something from me and they pointed either at me (and I wouldn’t know the difference) I would probably give them what they wanted – even if it was a replica. Now, if i KNEW it was a replica, I’d elbow them in the ribs. So, i’d be happier if there were no replicas.


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