Ballajura Police sends warning about possession of weapons owners may not realise are illegal


Two of the weapons destroyed by Ballajura Police.
Two of the weapons destroyed by Ballajura Police.

BALLAJURA Police have warned residents they could be in possession of illegal weapons after five deadly implements were destroyed this week.

A spiked mace, second mace-like impact weapon and three ornamental half-swords were handed in to the station by a member of the public who had owned them for many years.

Acting officer-in-charge Michael Holden said a man had made inquiries about weapons he bought at markets in WA many years ago and as a result, handed in the implements.

“He wasn’t aware what he had was illegal,” he said.

“Sometimes something you bought 20 years ago as a joke is not only dangerous but could be illegal.”

He said he gave “kudos” to the man for handing in the weapons.

Sgt Holden said some single edged blades, for example, could have been considered legal years ago before changes to the law.

He said if police had found the man in possession of the weapons he could have been charged with unlawful possession.

Sgt Holden encouraged residents to bring in weapons to the station for officers to have a look.

He said it was important to ensure safety for their family, for example in the case of a break-in.

“The last thing you want is to have those weapons used against you,” he said.

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