Tuesday, September 15, 2009

So how would licensing the gun stop accidents or am I missing something again??

There's this story about a women who shot herself in the face while relaoding an air rifle.

Woman shoots herself in face reloading rifle

A WOMAN who shot herself in the face with an air rifle was lucky to escape serious injury but the man she was with now faces a fine for an unlicensed firearm.

Just after 5.30pm yesterday a man and woman were shooting targets in their backyard in Leanne Court, Greenbank.

As the woman was reloading the weapon it discharged a pellet which grazed her cheek.

Police said the injury was not serious but could have been much more dangerous if it had hit her eye.

``They don't usually penetrate the skin but if it had hit a vital area like an eye, it could have been more serious,'' said Regional Duty Officer Inspector David Lacey.

When police attended they discovered the gun was unlicensed and the man was issued a notice to appear in court for possessing an unlicensed firearm.

``People really need to look into their sheds for these weapons, and license them or hand them into police,'' said Insp Lacey.

How would licensing the gun have made any difference?


LSP said...

Huh - had no idea that you had to get a license for an airgun in Australia... bizarre. Of course if the pellet gun had been licensed there'd never have been a 'negligent discharge'. Licenses are magic that way...

Off topic, but do people still shoot .303 Enfield's where you are - or are they banned? I have hours of fun w/mine in Texas!

Julie said...

Hi LSP, yes, we can licence (and therefore) shoot .303 Enfield's here. A good friend of mine has one which I've shot a few times - but I prefer his 1948 Yugoslav Mauser.

Basically you're allowed bolt action / lever action rifles / shotguns on either a 'club activities' or 'open' licence.

You can even licence pump action shotguns for 'club activities'.

Old NFO said...

Ahhh...er... I don't even know how to respond to that one...