Police raid The Stockade gun shop at Terrey Hills seizing 180 pistols and rifles
December 28, 2015 12:00am
Jim O’RourkeThe Daily Telegraph
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Gun dealer Tony Garland in his store 'The Stockade' in Terrey Hills.
POLICE have raided a well known Sydney gun business which has built a reputation as a major supplier of “theatrical” weapons to popular TV shows and movies.
Officers from the NSW Police Firearm Registry seized 180 real pistols and rifles from The Stockade gun shop at Terrey Hills, on the northern beaches.
The shop has supplied replica weapons for about 50 TV series and movies, including Water Rats, Australia’s Most Wanted and Superman Returns.
The registry — which is responsible for administering the state’s firearms and prohibited weapons legislation — also audited more than 2000 firearms sold or stored in The Stockade.
As as result of the raid owner Tony Garland, who has been outspoken about amendments to some state gun laws, has been temporarily suspended from holding a firearms’ licence while investigations continue.
A number of The Stockade’s employees also had their firearms’ licences placed on hold following the December 11 raid.
A gun used in a scene for Water Rats.
Mr Garland has been a gun and ammunition dealer for more than 40 years.
A police spokesman said “multiple offences were allegedly detected”, but declined to elaborate in any detail.
“These (alleged offences) relate to the storage, categorisation and registration of firearms as well as other issues,” the spokesman said. It is understood many of the offences are related to record-keeping.
“The Firearms Registry undertook an operation last week at a gun shop in Terrey Hills, where more than 2000 firearms were audited and about 180 seized,” the spokesman said.
When contacted for comment, Mr Garland responded via email.
“On advice from our legal advisers we wish to reserve any statements until the matter is clearer to us as to actually what has happened,” Mr Garland wrote.
In January 2013 Mr Garland spoke to The Daily Telegraph about NSW’s new ammunition laws, saying the amended legislation would give criminals a “shopping list” of guns to steal.
The government passed changes to gun laws which mean dealers must record the name, address, licence number and gun type of people buying ammunition. Dealers have to keep this information in a ledger that they have to give police when asked.
“It could become a street directory or a shopping list for where guns are,” Mr Garland said at the time.”
Mr Garland said the government should allow dealers to enter the information into a protected database.
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