Launceston detectives have arrested and charged a man for possessing a semi-automatic firearm in Mowbray last night.
Police say that the 34-year-old Launceston man was allegedly caught in possession of a semi-automatic shotgun and a knife in Crawford Street about 11pm last night.
Police allege that the firearm was unregistered and the man did not have a firearms licence.
He will appear in the Launceston Magistrates Court this afternoon charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a dangerous article in a public place and a number of firearm offences.
Police allege that the 34-year-old man is an associate of people who live at the Crawford Street property, which they believe is linked to a drive-by shooting in the same street on Saturday night.
Neighbours of the property reported hearing shots fired about 11pm on Saturday night. Witnesses told police they saw a dark coloured four-wheel-drive or utility speeding away from the scene.
Two firearm cartridges were found in the street and there was minor damage to the carport and brickwork of the residence.
Detective Constable Jason Bolton said that there were three adults and a 10-year-old child in the home at the time of the shooting.
"We believe this is not a random incident. These are groups of people who know each other and it is believed to be linked to three previous shooting incidents in Launceston," Detective Constable Bolton said.
"It is frustrating that there's been little information or assistance from those who appear to be targeted. On this occasion no one was injured but when a firearm is discharged there is always the potential for serious consequences."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.