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Ipswich father caught out playing spy game

FICTIONAL spy James Bond isn't the only person who carries a pen gun.

A version of the unusual weapon has been found in the possession of Ipswich father Aaron Patrick O'Brien.

At a quick glance, the weapon looks like an ordinary writing device that someone could carry in their shirt pocket.

But this implement has the potential to fire a .22 calibre bullet.

Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Kevin Carmont told Ipswich Magistrates Court on Thursday that police had found O'Brien in possession of the pen gun on May 21.

The 33-year-old also had bullets in his possession.

When quizzed by police, O'Brien said he had confiscated the weapon from an unidentified youth because he believed it was unsafe for the youngster to have.

O'Brien said he had no intention of using the firearm and had planned to destroy it by cutting it into pieces that afternoon.

He pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and authority required to possess explosives.

Magistrate Donna McCallum fined O'Brien $300. No convictions were recorded. The pen gun was forfeited to the crown.

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