Police hunting man for allegedly buying firearms with fake licences

Fake firearms licence (supplied)
Fake firearms licence (supplied)
Police hunting man for allegedly buying firearms with fake licences

One of the fake firearms licenses allegedly used by the man (supplied)

Police are looking for a man who has allegedly used a fake firearms licence to purchase pistols and several hundred rounds of ammunition.

The man has used at least two different names, and is believed to have used the ID to purchase guns in Whanganui and Tauranga.

Licenced dealers and collectors are urged to be on the alert for the man, who pays in cash.

The Tauranga purchase was made with the name Trevor William Johns while the Whanganui purchase was made with the name James Michael Yates.

"Police are interested in hearing from anyone who may have been approached by him using these identities, or who may have come across anyone acting suspiciously while trying to purchase firearms -- and we encourage dealers, collectors or members of the public selling firearms legitimately to remain vigilant," says Detective Sergeant Glenn Toy of Whanganui Police.

 "If dealers or anyone else selling firearms has concerns about the legitimacy of someone who may approach them to buy firearms, they should contact Police immediately.

"While at this stage there is nothing to suggest any wider threat to the public, we take any such illegal purchase seriously and will respond accordingly to ensure public safety."

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