Category: Firearms Offences

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Stockpiled Firearms are a Magnet for Thieves


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 alleged that 45-year old Darwin resident Ben Hoffman shot and killed four people on 4 …
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Man Prosecuted for Possessing ‘Gel Blasters’


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, NSW Highway Patrol officers stopped a car at Tweed Heads for a random breath test. …
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Sydney Man Faces Prison over 3D Printed Replica Firearms


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 and Sell group’ for ‘$1 million – negotiable’. He is the first person to be …
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Family Shooting Raises Concerns About Gun Ownership


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 battle. It’s yet another family violence tragedy to hit the media headlines – with faces, …
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Should We Be Allowed to Carry ‘Prohibited Weapons’ for Self-Defence?


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 duty to ensure “innocent victims are protected from harm” in the wake of a spate …
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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 …
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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 …
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12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®


Being prosecuted for a criminal or traffic offence can be a nerve-wracking experience. 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 …
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Recent Report Triggers Debate About Gun Control Laws


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 was the worst mass shooting in …
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Firearm Amnesty: Over 13,000 Weapons Surrendered Across NSW


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 handed-in so far, and NSW topping …