Secure firearms properly, Qld police warn

Police are reminding gun owners to better secure their licensed firearms after a central Queensland man allegedly took rifles from relatives and fired them in Mackay's CBD.

Troy Dean Sprigg is accused of stealing the registered guns from relatives and causing the town's CBD to be evacuated after firing at his car and then into the air.

Police allege he took two high-powered rifles - including one fitted with a scope and a tripod - into central Mackay and began firing just after 5pm on Wednesday.

Sprigg, 29, is now facing five charges and the prospect of jail time if convicted of firearm offences.

The Sarina man did not apply for bail when he faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said police did not believe Sprigg was shooting at anyone and there wasn't any intention to harm.

But he said it highlighted the importance of gun owners to properly secure their firearms.

"Any time you take a firearm where it's not meant to be ... the community is at risk," Det Insp Smith told reporters.