Traffic stop in Australia leads to discovery of WWII-era submachine gun

MP40

A 40-year-old man was arrested after authorities found him in possession of a World War II-era submachine gun during a traffic stop Sunday in the Tuggerah Lakes area of New South Wales, just north of Sydney.

The stop was conducted about 7:40 p.m. and a search of the vehicle uncovered a bag that contained an MP40, a magazine and 60 rounds of ammunition of varying calibers.

“Initial examination of the firearm suggests it is in working order,” the New South Wales Police Force noted in a press release.

Tests will be conducted to determine whether it’s linked to any crimes.

Meanwhile, the man was arrested and charged with possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing ammunition without a permit. He was also refused bail and was due to appear in court Monday.

[ New South Wales Police Force ]