Itä-Uusimaa police said that they confiscated a large number of illegal weapons from a private home in Vantaa, including sawed-off shotguns, a sub-machine gun and several handguns. A rapid-fire assault rifle was among the weapons discovered in the raid.
Police executed a search on the home of a middle-aged man on suspicion of illegal drugs last month. However in spite of their suspicions, they found no illegal substances – instead the encountered the arms cache.
Altogether police confiscated 35 weapons. Some had the required permits, but the majority were unlicensed.
Police said that it was not even possible to get permits for some of the weapons found in the home.
The illegal firearms included the rapid-fire assault rifle, the sawed-off shotgun, the machine gun and several handguns.
In addition to the weapons, police also found a large number of bullets, cartridges and other gun parts.
Police are considering pressing charges for aggravated gun offences. Officials are also reviewing the discretionary licensing procedure in the case of the weapons for which the owner had the required permits.
In addition to investigating the functionality of the weapons found, officers will also be considering whether or not the illegal weapons were stolen and how they came into the suspect’s possession.