Just heard on the news headlines tonight "Following a haul of firearms in Perth's south, police have called for a review of firearms licensing legislation."
So I went looking for the story. From today's news:
THIRTEEN firearms, including pump action shotguns and assault rifles, several thousands of rounds of ammunition, cash and drugs were found at a home in Perth's southern suburbs yesterday.
A search of the Port Kennedy home yesterday allegedly uncovered the cache of firearms, methylamphetamine, knives, ninja stars, batons, machetes, laser pointers and just under $18,000 in cash.
Some of the ammunition allegedly found in the home was scattered all over the house police say, some of it in children's bedrooms.
A replica AK-47 assault trifle and four different kinds of pistol ammunition were also allegedly found inside the home.
A 36-year-old man, a former security guard, has been charged over the haul and will face court later this month.
This morning, police laid bare the massive haul of weapons, cash and drugs allegedly seized from the home.
Detective Sergeant Chris Turner from the Peel District Crime Team said although the firearms were licensed and locked away when police found them yesterday, they were seized because of the large amount of unlicensed ammunition allegedly found at the home.
Det. Sgt. Turner said two young children were home at the time police searched the house.
“None of the ammunition, all bar a few boxes were secured, it was all just lying in various areas around the house,” Det. Sgt. Turner said.
“It is frightening that someone who lives in a residential area should have that many firearms.
“All the other weapons were all located in his bedroom. The machete and the baton were all just sitting next to his bed.”
Det. Sgt. Turner said inquiries were still ongoing as to how the man had allegedly obtained the weapons.
The 36-year-old man faces 23 charges, including possessing a controlled weapon, possessing a prohibited weapon, drug possession with intent to sell or supply and unlicensed ammunition possession.
He will appear in the Rockingham Magistrates Court on March 30.
I have bolded the sections of this which are of the most interest to me. Firstly, the firearms were all licensed and stored in accordance with the legislation (well I'm assuming that what is meant by "locked away"). However they were sieved because of the unlicensed ammunition.
Here you can not possess ammunition (or components of ammunition) unless you have a caliber of that firearm on your licence.
Secondly, and this is the bit that concerns me most is the "it is frightening that someone who lives in a residential area should have that many firearms"!!!!
Why? What difference does it make if someone has two or two hundred firearms?
I'm certainly hoping that this doesn't prompt a review of firearms legislation as I'ld like to get a new one in the very near future.