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AustraliaHomemade submachine gun and parts found in raid, Toowoomba man facing weapons charges

08:41  11 january  2019
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Police discover a homemade submachine gun in a raid on a Toowoomba home , along with a large cache of weapon components and equipment stored inside a shipping container.

A submachine gun (SMG) is a magazine-fed, automatic carbine designed to fire pistol cartridges. The term " submachine gun " was coined by John T. Thompson

Homemade submachine gun and parts found in raid, Toowoomba man facing weapons charges© Provided by ABC News A homemade submachine gun police found in the Toowoomba raid.

Queensland police are investigating whether a 52-year-old man charged with manufacturing a submachine gun had any links to organised crime.

Police raided a house in the Toowoomba suburb of Harristown on Thursday and found a shipping container with a large range of equipment inside.

Officers said they discovered manufactured weapon components, tools such as a drill press, grinders and welders, drawings, templates and a computer with manufacturing instructions.

Police said a quantity of methylamphetamine and smoking utensils were also found.

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A submachine - gun seized during a gang house raid in Winnipeg's North End last week is unlike anything a police firearms expert has seen locally before. It is the name given to any of the many similar small homemade submachineguns found in the hands of Chechen rebels.

While this zip gun was made in our shop, it certainly could have been homemade . Still, I find there is a certain charm to homemade guns , and that is why I post Imagine a raiding stack entering a premises with that in their face -- what a mess. Scratch-built submachine guns , the model of which can be seen here, seized

Senior Sergeant Matt Howard said the raid was the result of a tip-off from the community.

He said the weapon discovery was concerning.

"It's a fully automatic handgun, very powerful … it'll be sent to ballistics for testing," he said.

"We have found other items of this nature previously but not assembled like we had yesterday."

Senior Sergeant Howard said police believed the man had only just finished making the weapon.

"It was a very well-structured set-up and it's very concerning for police," he said.

"This firearm could have ended up anywhere."

He said police would be making further inquiries into whether the man had any links with organised crime.

"It's only early in our investigations, we'll be making further enquires in relation to certain links … we'll have our Intelligence section make those enquires for us," he said.

The man was taken to the Toowoomba watch house where he was charged with several offences including manufacture of a Category R weapon, possession of a Category R weapon, possessing drugs, possessing drug utensils, and possessing tainted property.

He is due to face court again in March.

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