Chilling discovery... The MP40 submachine gun.
Chilling discovery... The MP40 submachine gun.

Submachine gun seized by NSW police on Central Coast

POLICE have seized a submachine gun and 60 rounds of ammunition after stopping a car on the Central Coast last night.

Officers from Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command stopped a Holden Commodore on Oakland Avenue, The Entrance, about 7.40pm last night and searched the vehicle.

A bag containing an MP40 submachine gun with a missing barrel, a firearm magazine and 60 rounds of various ammunition was seized.

Initial examination of the firearm suggests it is in working order.

A 40-year-old man who was a passenger in the car was arrested and taken to Wyong Police Station.

He was charged with possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing ammunition without a permit and refused bail to appear at Wyong Local Court today.

The firearm will undergo forensic examination to determine if it can be linked to any shooting incidents.

According to Wikipedia, the MP40 was developed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Axis powers during the Second World War.

During and after the end of World War II, many MP 40s were captured or surrendered (upwards of 200,000) to the Allies and were then redistributed to the paramilitary and irregular forces of some developing countries

It was also used in the 2011 Libyan Civil War and the Syrian Civil War.

Investigations into the seizure are continuing.