Man caught with banned firearm 'procrastinated' about handing it in
A police officer holds an AR-15, the same model of firearm David Spragg illegally had when his house was searched (file photo). A self-described "country boy" says he never meant to keep an illegal AR-15 semi-automatic rifle he found in a woolshed, but he did not get around to handing it in. He was sentenced to six months' community detention for having the illegal gun and two other firearms without a licence. READ MORE:* AR-15 rifle parts used in Christchurch mosque attacks ruled illegal by police* Does gun buyback strike the right balance? Judge Gerard Lynch said deterrence was key in the case and not just because having an illegal gun has a maximum punishment of five years' jail.