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

08:41  11 january  2019
08:41  11 january  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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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, the inventor of the Thompson submachine gun . The submachine gun was developed during World War I (1914–1918).

This is a list of submachine guns . It includes Submachine guns (SMG), Machine pistols (MP), Personal defense weapons (PDW), and (Other) submachine gun like weapons not easily categorized.

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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The Thompson submachine gun is an American submachine gun , invented by John T. Thompson in 1918, that became infamous during the Prohibition era

Drug dealer’s improvised submachine gun . A widely copied model very similar to those produced in an underground workshop raided in 2016, though Typically seen are parts such as the barrel, bolt and trigger being made from easily work-able brass allowing manufacture with minimal tools and skill.

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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