Q: ‘I’m on a bond for a DUI, does this stop me getting a Firearms Licence’? Jason, Bourke, NSW’.
The bond itself should not. The law was amended some years ago at the behest of the National Party, because a lot of farmers were loosing their Firearms Licences as a result of bonds imposed by Courts for unrelated offences.
Section 5 of the Firearms Regulations 2006 sets out the offences that prevent a person holding a Firearms Licence and it lists matters like assault occasioning actual bodily harm, a number of sexual offences including sexual assault, certain drug offences, Firearms offences and acts of terrorism.
Part 2 of the regulation sets out the offences that will, in the event of a conviction or ‘Section 10’ with bond (where the Court has found you guilty, but has not registered a conviction, but has imposed bond). These mirror the offences in Section 5(1) so broadly speaking, a bond for a drink driving offence will not effect your capacity to obtain a licence.
I say ‘broadly speaking’ because the Registry has to satisfy themselves that you are responsible enough to have and maintain possession of a firearm. A history of intemperate habits and a bad traffic record demonstrating poor compliance with the law can be held against you in this regard.
See Loose Cannon 18-26 September 2014 for more information on this.
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