At about 8pm last night Police were called to the Arataki Skate Bowl Park in Mount Maunganui because concerned members of the public observed an intoxicated male with a pistol.
On arrival the man fled the area discarding the firearm and was located a short distance later. The firearm was a gas powered BB pistol and has been recovered by the Police.
The offender is an 18 year old local male who is currently on community detention and does not hold a firearms licence. He will appear in the Tauranga District Court today on charges of intoxicated in charge of a firearm and presenting a firearm.
Gas powered BB guns are classed as a firearm under the Arms Act 1983 and any incident involving these weapons are dealt with very seriously by the Police.