Man carrying gun on Christchurch street sparks panic

Police were called and armed officers turned up to intercept the man - who turned out to be on his way to sell the firearm. Photo / File
Police were called and armed officers turned up to intercept the man - who turned out to be on his way to sell the firearm. Photo / File

A Christchurch man carrying a gun down the street in the middle of the day sparked a panic for a concerned witness.

Police were called and armed officers turned up to intercept the man - who turned out to be on his way to sell the firearm.

The incident happened about 1.40pm on Friday, as the man strolled along Memorial Ave in Ilam carrying a firearm case.

When armed police caught up with the man on Memorial Ave, they discovered the situation was innocent and the man was "in the process of selling" his gun.

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Video footage has emerged showing the man lying on the footpath, with officers approaching.

"Police want to encourage people not to carry firearms in public in this manner - if possible we do encourage people to carry them in a case in the boot of a car," a police statement says.

"The man was shortly released without charge and given a lift to his destination. Police would like to thank members of the Ilam community for being vigilant."

- NZ Herald

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