POLICE in bulletproof vests have arrested a man in Lavington after he was allegedly seen walking in public with a gel blaster.
The 32-year-old was seen with the banned weapon, which looks like a real firearm, on Griffith Road about 8.30am on Thursday.
A large number of police attended the area and arrested the man.
He was charged with seven firearms offences, and Detective Inspector Winston Woodward said he had caused great concern to members of the public.
"The characteristics of the gun are those which would make a person believe it's a real firearm," he said.
Police will allege the man fired the weapon towards a fence on a vacant block.
Detective Inspector Woodward said there were serious penalties for buying gel blasters.