AN INVERELL man who had amassed more than 20 guns, which included close to a dozen illegal weapons, has been placed on a good behaviour bond.
Allen Francis Smith, 67, fronted Inverell Local Court for his sentencing after police raided his home in May seizing numerous illegal firearms.
Smith was charged with 36 offences relating to the aggravated possession of firearms and a prohibited weapon, while one count was connected with possessing goods suspected of being stolen.
New England detectives targeted the Brae St home in May after Smith disclosed to police he had unregistered weapons in the house.
A warrant was executed and detectives seized 21 guns plus ammunition, including 11 unsecured and unregistered firearms.
Included in the haul of illegal guns were five rifles, three shotguns, three pistols, a metal banana magazine and more than 1000 rounds of unsecured live ammunition.
Police said a shortened shotgun and a handgun were loaded and lying around when they raided the house.
Ten registered firearms which were secured in the home were also seized as part of the investigation.
Smith pleaded guilty to the offences when the case first went to court in August. Magistrate Michael Holmes dismissed one offence during the sentencing hearing and placed Smith on a good behaviour bond for three years for the remaining 35 charges.
The firearms have also been surrendered to police.