Woman tries to sell air rifle on side of Christchurch central street

A woman has been given a caution by police and her air rifle  has been surrendered for destruction. (File photo)
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A woman has been given a caution by police and her air rifle has been surrendered for destruction. (File photo)

A woman has been cautioned by police for trying to sell an air rifle on the side of a city street.

Senior Sergeant Roy Appley said police were called about 8.30am on Thursday about a woman reportedly seen showing someone a firearm on St Asaph St, near the Ara Institute of Canterbury.

Police found the woman with an air rifle wrapped in a blanket.

"It appears she was indeed trying to sell it," Appley said.

While the woman's actions were "unwise", it was not an offence for someone to possess an air rifle without a licence if they were over 18 years old, he said.

"For it to be an offence you would have to be carrying it unlawfully.

"Had she been carrying it unwrapped, waving it around, it would have been a different kettle of fish."

The woman was given a caution by police.

The air rifle had been surrendered for destruction.

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