Fellow shooters told police of illegal guns

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FELLOW shooters tipped off police about a 74-year-old man's unlicensed firearms and ammunition, the Magistrate's Court was told yesterday.

Four shotguns, a handgun, a revolver, an air rifle, shotgun and hard case ammunition, including 1,350 shotgun cartridges, were discovered during searches.

Michael Ozanne, who has mental health problems, admitted 10 charges relating to the firearms and ammunition.

A five-month prison sentence, concurrent, suspended for two years was imposed for each matter.

Judge Cherry McMillen said it was her job to protect the community. Many people would be very concerned that such a thing could happen.

'It particularly concerns me that you have a mental health disorder that you don't recognise,' she told the defendant.

'Guns kill, maim, harm and hurt and this is not acceptable, no matter how ill you are.

'I want to commend the people who recognised there was a problem and brought it to the authorities' attention.'

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