VIPER locates multiple homemade firearm manufacturing parts during FPO

Wednesday 30 August 2023 3:04pm – 

VIPER Taskforce has this afternoon charged a man after locating various homemade parts used in the manufacturing of firearms, as well as a scope and two conducted energy devices in a Kingsville house.

Members of the taskforce had been at the property to serve the FPO on a 52-year-old Kingsville man.

During the search, police located a scope, various rounds of ammunition, two conducted energy devices, three firearm cylinders, two homemade firearm slides, a homemade silencer and two other homemade firearm components.

The 52-year-old Kingsville man was charged with two counts of possess prohibited weapon, four counts of FPO subject possess firearm related item and fail to surrender firearms or firearm related items on service of order.

He was bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 16 November.

Anyone with information about illicit firearms is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at

Quotes attributable to Detective Inspector Craig Darlow, VIPER Taskforce:

“Homemade firearms are extremely dangerous – they are quite often crudely constructed in clandestine environments using unreliable and untested materials.

“Since FPOs were introduced, we’ve served over 1960 of them on high-risk people across the state.

“We are absolutely committed to investigating matters related to firearms, prosecuting the offenders and removing firearms from our streets.”