Tas Liberal candidate hit with gun charges

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Tasmanian Liberal election candidate and former state mining minister Adam Brooks has been charged with firearm storage offences.

Mr Brooks left parliament in early 2019 before recently announcing his intention to run in the northwest seat of Braddon at the May 1 poll.

Police on Thursday said a 45-year-old man from the northwest will be proceeded against over alleged firearms storage offences.

It is alleged Mr Brooks incorrectly stored ammunition as required by the Firearms Act. He is expected to appear in Devonport Magistrates Court at a later date.

Mr Brooks has indicated he will vigorously defend the charges.

"I am a clay target shooter and I have had a discussion with the police in relation to the storage of ammunition, there are no firearms involved," he said in a statement to media.

Candidates from the incumbent Liberal government and Labor opposition have been embroiled in drama during the opening fortnight of campaigning.

Liberal Franklin candidate Dean Ewington stepped down after his opposition to coronavirus lockdown measures were publicised in the media.

Labor state president Ben McGregor also resigned his candidacy in Franklin after "inappropriate" text messages drew the ire of state party leader Rebecca White.

Another Labor candidate has openly criticised the party's pokies and anti-protest policies.

Mr Brooks stepped down two years ago citing health concerns and a desire to spend time with family after being cleared of conflict of interest allegations relating to his time as mining minister.

Premier Peter Gutwein gave a glowing endorsement of Mr Brooks at a Liberal candidate launch in late March, saying he had been a strong representative for Braddon in the past.