Two gang members have pleaded not guilty to unlawfully possessing a semi-automatic rifle and aggravated burglary following a hours-long stand-off with armed police in Auckland on Monday.
The men, aged 28 and 33, were granted interim name suppression when they appeared in Waitākere District Court in front of a community magistrate on Tuesday morning.
Both men were charged with aggravated burglary and unlawful possession of a military-style semi-automatic rifle at a property on Don Buck Rd in Massey.
The 33-year-old also faces a charge of driving while suspended.
The men, who police say are members of Hells Angels, have pleaded not guilty to all charges and elected for trial by jury through lawyer Mark Ryan.
The men were arrested on Monday following a hours-long stand-off with armed police in Māngere East.
Police deployed the armed offenders squad, which surrounded a home near the corner of Henwood Rd and Allen St.
Witnesses said they saw officers shooting gas canisters into the property and communicating with the people inside via a loudspeaker.
The stand-off ended peacefully with the two men being taken into custody.
The two men were remanded in custody and will next appear in court on October 5.
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