An Auckland man has pleaded not guilty in Auckland’s Waitākere District Court this morning to a number of charges related to the unlawful possession of firearms.

His appearance in court for the second time comes after police say a “significant” stash of firearms and some explosives were seized from two New Lynn properties in mid-December.

In total 35 firearms were located, along with more than 15,000 rounds of ammunition. The man was initially facing 29 charges related to the unlawful possession of firearms and magazines, and for the supply of cannabis.

It’s understood several other charges have been laid, but these were not detailed in court today.

The man’s name and identity have been suppressed till his next court appearance on April 17.

At the time of the man’s arrest Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Williams of the Waitematā CIB said the man held a firearms licence but alleged many of the guns in his possession were held unlawfully.

“This has been the accumulation of significant work from staff across many different work groups and I thank those who have played a part in bringing this to a resolution.”

He said police remain committed to holding anyone who breaches the Arms Act to account.

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