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Is it Legal to Possess a Gel Blaster in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Gel blasters have been made illegal in Victoria, after a number of the recreational items were allegedly used during the commission of serious criminal offences. Many gel blasters look similar to real firearms, although they shoot small water-based pellets. As...

Can I Appeal the Refusal or Revocation of a Firearms Licence?

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
If you are refused a firearms licence, or your existing firearms licence has been revoked, you will receive a written notice from police advising you of this. If you are unsatisfied with the decision, you have 28 days from the...

The Offence of Unauthorised Use or Possession of a Firearm in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A weekend away has been a costly one for twelve NRL Players who allegedly attended a camping trip in Taree during lockdown, with police handing out more than 19 penalties, and the NRL issuing hefty fines to some of the...

Stockpiled Firearms are a Magnet for Thieves

by Zeb Holmes & Ugur Nedim
Following a mass shooting in Darwin’s CBD earlier this month, a University of Sydney expert on gun violence has criticised police over their inaction when it comes to tracking shotguns, rifles and handguns in Australia. Darwin shooting It has been...

Man Prosecuted for Possessing ‘Gel Blasters’

by Ugur Nedim
A Coffs Harbour man is facing charges of illegally possessing firearms after allegedly being caught with several ‘gel blasters’ he intended to give to his son as Christmas gifts. The story so far… At around 1.45am on 23rd December 2018,...

Sydney Man Faces Prison over 3D Printed Replica Firearms

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A Sydney man who pleaded guilty to manufacturing replica guns with a 3D printer is facing a lengthy prison sentence. Mr Sicen Sun was arrested last year after advertising one of his replica firearms on a Facebook community ‘Buy, Swap...

Family Shooting Raises Concerns About Gun Ownership

by Sonia Hickey
It has been reported that last week, handgun permit holder John Edwards shot dead his two teenage children at West Pennant Hills in North-Western Sydney, and later took his own life, because he was denied contact in a child custody...

Should We Be Allowed to Carry ‘Prohibited Weapons’ for Self-Defence?

by Zeb Holmes & Ugur Nedim
A Queensland senator recently called upon the Federal Government to allow Australians to import and buy pepper spray and Tasers for self-defence. Katter Australia Party’s Fraser Anning, who moved the motion in the upper house, argued it is the government’s...

Remembering the Impact of the Strathfield Massacre

by Paul Gregoire
The idea of arming school teachers may not seem appropriate or warranted in Australia. But in the US state of Michigan, lawmakers are currently considering new gun-related legislation that could establish a scheme whereby trained teachers have access to guns on...

Results of Recent Firearms Amnesty Triggers Debate

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
The final results of last year’s National Firearms Amnesty have been released, revealing that tens of thousands of previously unaccounted for firearms were handed-in Australia wide between July and September. A total of 57,324 firearms were surrendered, including around 2,500...
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