Section 154D Crimes Act 1900 | Stealing Firearms


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Due to the danger that firearms may pose to the wider community, courts treat gun-related crime very seriously.

The Crimes Act contains several provisions dealing with gun-related offences. One such section is section 145D, which contains the offence of ‘stealing firearms.’

That section says that it is an offence to steal a firearm.

‘Stealing’ refers to the taking and carrying away of a firearm without the owner’s permission, and without any intention of returning it.

The maximum penalty for this offence is 14 years imprisonment.

However, this is the absolute maximum and will only apply in the most serious cases. With the help
of our criminal law specialists, you can give yourself the best possible defence against the charges in
order to avoid these onerous penalties.

Nevertheless, being accused of stealing a firearm can be a daunting experience.

However, you can rest assured that our firearms law experts will guide you through every step of the court process and fight hard to secure a positive outcome in your case.

The Legislation

154D Stealing firearms

(1) A person who steals a firearm is liable to imprisonment for 14 years.

(2) In this section:”firearm” has the same meaning as in the Firearms Act 1996, and includes an imitation firearm within the meaning of that Act.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Firearms related charges have the potential to give rise to heavy penalties that may have a negative impact on your life and future.

Facing court in relation to these types of charges can therefore be a stressful experience for yourself and your family.

However, as Sydney’s leading firearms lawyers, we have the knowledge and skills to assist you in understanding the charges and the options available to you.

We have experience representing clients in a wide variety of firearms matters and possess the insight to ensure that you obtain the best possible result every time.

Our lawyers will dedicate the time and effort in each case to carefully scrutinise all the evidence.

Often, this enables us to identify weaknesses in the prosecution case, such as a lack of sufficient evidence, which, if raised early on, can result in the charges being dropped.

However, if the matter proceeds to court, you can rest assured that our expert senior lawyers will fight relentlessly in order to obtain the best possible result.

We are passionate about protecting our clients’ rights and interests and will work tirelessly in order to present all relevant evidence to support your case.

Our lawyers can also assist you where you simply wish to plead guilty – in these situations, our senior lawyers will spend time preparing compelling sentencing submissions which focus on positive factors
such as your good character.

Our lawyers’ natural flair at preparing and delivering sentencing submissions enables us to obtain unparalleled results in every case.

Take the first steps towards a brighter future – contact us now on (02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first conference with our firearms experts today.