Swords and knives taken off the street

POLICE have seized a large stash of illegal swords and knives being sold from a Wodonga home.

Officers raided the man’s house on Friday and seized 35 weapons from the property.

He had been advertising the items, which had been custom made in Pakistan and bought in bulk, for sale on Facebook.

SEIZED: Senior Sergeant Kate Chamberlain with some of the knives and swords seized from the man's home in Wodonga on Friday. Picture: BLAIR THOMSON

SEIZED: Senior Sergeant Kate Chamberlain with some of the knives and swords seized from the man's home in Wodonga on Friday. Picture: BLAIR THOMSON

Senior Constable Ben Ryan said the man, aged about 40, had sold six or seven knives and swords to members of the public.

Police are trying to track down those who purchased the weapons, particularly knuckle duster knives.

“By selling them on Facebook, anyone could come and buy them,” he said.

“There could be teenagers running around with knives like that.

“That’s certainly something we don’t want, especially with the current climate of ice and the paranoia that comes with that.”

The man began selling the items online at the start of the year.

Senior Constable Ryan said they were categorised as a mix of prohibited weapons and controlled weapons.

People need an exemption from the police Chief Commissioner to own prohibited weapons.

Members of the public need a lawful excuse to own controlled weapons.

There are also regulations around the storage and sale of such weapons.

“It’s a big concern and we’re happy to get these off the street,” Senior Constable Ryan said.

“We had several people ring up with information and we appreciate that.” 

The man did not appear to know that it was illegal to possess and sell the weapons. 

Images posted on Facebook show some were hung on a wall with fishing line. 

The man had used a fake name online, but police were able to track him down.

He had received two small shipments from overseas before making a larger shipment, all of which passed through customs undetected and arrived at his home. 

Officers will make enquiries with customs. 

The man will be charged with various weapons offences and will face court at a later date. 

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