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Gun-toting tradie faces Qld court

AAP logoAAP 19/09/2016 Ed Jackson

A Gold Coast plasterer accused of pointing a gun at a worksite security guard has told court he never meant to hurt anyone and was simply trying to sell the weapon.

Nathan Della, 35, faced Southport Magistrates Court on Monday on five charges including threatening violence after an incident at a Mudgeeraba construction site.

Police say Della attempted to access the site on Sunday after leaving a tool there but was told by security staff he wasn't allowed in on a weekend.

It's then alleged Della went to his car and unwrapped a black handgun from a balaclava before pointing it at the security guard and yelling "let me in, let me in".

Police say the security guard pleaded not to be shot before taking refuge in the construction site.

Della was arrested a short time later with police allegedly discovering the handgun, balaclava and some drugs inside his car.

Della told the court the gun was a replica he'd bought during a "bad place" in his life and he was simply trying to sell it to the guard to make some money to fix his car.

"I made a really bad mistake, I admit that," Della told the court.

Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan expressed doubts over Della's motives.

"What would someone be doing with something like that except for reasons that are unlawful," Ms Callaghan asked.

"He had a handgun that he was not licensed for. Very concerning."

Police have sent the weapon for ballistics testing to determine if it is a replica or not.

Della was remanded in custody and his bail application hearing will resume on Thursday.

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