Firearm Storage Warnings – The Loose Cannon

Those of you who hunt Sambar know that if you ‘get lucky’ near the end of a hunting weekend, your departure can be significantly delayed by the butchering job at hand, and unless you are with a couple of mates with you who work at the abattoirs, the butchering is a slow task.

I recently received a rather sad set of instructions. A fellow who normally does the ‘right thing’ regarding storage, arrived home late at night, and after sticking meat in the spare fridge to age, decided to go to bed rather than fully unload.

His reasoning was simple. It was well after midnight, he was dog tired, and his wife had already complained to him about the noise and the likelihood of waking the neighbours.

Expressions like ‘shit happens’ remain in our vocabulary because there is an element of truth to them. After my client went to bed, a Goblin who is no doubt always on the lookout for a good thing, and up to no good saw the loaded Hilux and assumed there could be good pickings there.

Boy was he right there. A brick quickly went through the window, and my client’s rifles were history.

Result. I am going to have a fight on my hands to get ‘Diversionary treatment’ of his matter in Victoria so as to avoid a conviction, and then, convince the Firearms Registry that he is still a ‘Fit and Proper Person’ to own firearms.

If your Firearms are not tucked away in your gun safe at home you must always be thinking about their security. As far as the law today is concerned, there is never an excuse for leaving a firearm in a vehicle overnight without the presence of added security such as it being locked in a garage.

You have been warned.

Simon Munslow
National Firearms Lawyer
P: (02) 6299 9690
M: 0427 280 962

Simon Munslow is a lawyer who has a lifelong interest in shooting, having acquired his first firearm at the age of nine, and has had an active interest in firearms law since writing a thesis on the topic over thirty years ago at University.
Simon Munslow practices extensively in Firearms Law matters throughout Australia.
He is a regular contributor to the Australian Sporting Shooter magazine’s website on Firearms law matters, has published articles on firearms reviews and firearms law, and occasionally is asked to comment in the broader media on firearms matters.

This article is written for general information only and does not constitute advice.
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