Category: Firearms Offences

Remembering the Impact of the Strathfield Massacre


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 school property. US president Donald Trump spruiked the idea following the ninth deadliest mass shooting in ...

Results of Recent Firearms Amnesty Triggers Debate


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 fully or semi-automatic guns, 2,900 handguns and a rocket launcher. Nearly a third of the ...

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers


Being charged with a criminal offence can be nerve-wracking. You may be unfamiliar with the process, unsure of the best way forward and concerned about the outcome. But whether you are charged with a less-serious matter such as drug possession, drink driving or common assault, or accused of something as serious as commercial drug supply, complex ...

Recent Report Triggers Debate About Gun Control Laws


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured close to 500, when he opened fire on a crowd at a country music festival in Las Vegas on October 1. The gunman had a huge arsenal of high-power firearms in his hotel room, from where he randomly shot his unsuspecting victims. It ...

Firearm Amnesty: Over 13,000 Weapons Surrendered Across NSW


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Australians have surrendered more than 400 firearms a day since July, as part of the latest national gun amnesty. The federal government implemented the scheme this year, promising tough penalties for anyone who fails to surrender illegal firearms. Police say the results have been “astounding”– with about 26,000 firearms ...

Curbing Homelessness: An Interview with Senator Lee Rhiannon


On June 24, City of Sydney rangers moved in to shut down Sydney’s 24-7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space, which had been operating in the CBD since December. The operation had been providing free meals for the city’s needy, and a secure place to sleep for around 38 to 65 rough sleepers each night. As council ...

Possession or Use of a Firearm: What Do Courts Look at During Sentencing?


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Many of the offences relating to the possession or use of firearms in New South Wales are contained in the Firearms Act 1996 (NSW) (‘the Act’). The Act was introduced as part of a national campaign to strengthen gun control, following the Port Arthur massacre. The campaign also saw ...

NSW Crimes Rates are the Lowest in 40 Years


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Crime rates across NSW have dropped to their lowest in 40 years. The latest annual report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has found that most major categories of crime have fallen or remained steady over the 24 months to December 2016. Specific Crime Rate ...

Eight Rounds in Eight Seconds: the Adler Is Coming to Australia


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Australian federal, state and territory governments have amended the National Firearms Agreement (NFA), but haven’t announced it to the public. Instead they recently posted the 2017 agreement on the attorney-general’s website. Neither George Brandis nor Australian justice minister Michael Keenan have issued an official statement about the updated agreement that was ...

Horrifying Footage of Axe Attack Goes Viral


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim CCTV footage of a blonde woman entering a convenience store and attacking two people with an axe has gone viral on social media. The horrifying footage shows the woman strolling into the 7-Eleven store in Enmore in Sydney’s inner-west wielding a large axe, before walking up to her first ...