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The Law, Defences, and Penalties for Possessing a Gel Blaster in Australia

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By Emma Starr A Newcastle teenager has been charged with a firearms offence for carrying what many mistakenly believe is not - or at least should not be considered – a firearm at all: a gel blaster. The incident At...

Firearms Laws and Licences in New South Wales

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There are a number of stringent rules surrounding firearm licences in New South Wales. Here’s a rundown of the rules. How can I own a firearm in NSW? In order to own, possess and/or use a firearm in New South...

The Offence of Causing Danger with a Firearm in New South Wales

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A Sydney-based police officer has been handed a criminal conviction and placed on a good behaviour bond after pointing a loaded pistol at a junior colleague and threatening “I’ll shoot you”. 30-year old Constable Dominic Gaynor pointed his police-issued Glock...

Firearm Suppression Orders and Firearm Prohibition Orders in New South Wales

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The year 2021 marked the 25th ‘anniversary’ of the Port Arthur Massacre - the day Martin Bryant killed 35 people and left 18 people injured in a mass shooting undertaken with a gun he bought without a license.  It was...

The Offence of Possessing Ammunition Without a Licence or Permit in New South Wales

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A man has been charged with several firearms offences after police attended his home in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance. According to police, at around 10.30pm on Sunday, 9th January 2023 officers...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Possessing an Unregistered Firearm in New South Wales

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A man is facing a string of criminal charges after a road on a unit in Sydney’s west allegedly uncovered a stash of prohibited firearms, drugs and cash. According to police, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Unauthorised Use or Possession of Firearms in NSW

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A man has been arrested after police allegedly found a modified firearm and drug precursors in his car. According to police, officers attached to the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad were patrolling the suburb of Concord in Sydney’s...

Gunpowder to Genocide: A History of Violence by the Use of Firearms

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Amnesty International estimates that more that 500 people a day die worldwide each day as a result of violence involving the use of firearms (which the organisation calls ‘guns’); a figure which excludes killings in war zones. The human rights...

NSW Police Claim Victory in the War on Drugs

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Eighteen men aged between 19 and 39 are appearing in courts across Sydney’s West and South-West today after being arrested in coordinated police raids. Police have described the men as ‘low to mid ranking’ members of a dial-a-dealer drug network...

The Offence of Unauthorised Possession or Use of a Pistol or Prohibited Firearm in New South Wales

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A man has been charged with firearms, robbery and intimidation offences after allegedly wielding a firearm at a popular Sydney restaurant.  It is alleged that 42-year old Viacheslav Zhadushkin pulled out a firearm and threatened staff and patrons after being...
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