January 14, 2020

WP – Successful outcome for client charges with prohibited firearm-related offences

Facts: Firearms Prohibited Order search uncovers shotguns

WP was served a Firearms Prohibited Order while at home. Police searched his residence for firearms, firearm parts and ammunition. During the search, a locked steel cabinet was located in WP’s garage. WP indicated where the keys were, and police gained access to the cabinet.

Inside, they found:

  • a 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun,
  • a 12-gauge single barrel shotgun
  • and 76 12-gauge shotgun shells.

Police informed him that the cabinet did not satisfy safe storage requirements. WP said the guns belonged to his grandfather and that he had been storing them for around 20 years. He also informed them of his failure to obtain a firearms license, register them or dispose of them. WP cooperated with police during this whole process.

Outcome: Community Release Order

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors successfully represented WP at Nowra Local Court. WP was charged with four offences relating to:

  • possessing a prohibited firearm,
  • possessing ammunition without holding license,
  • and not taking reasonable precautions to ensure safe keeping.

WP avoided conviction and received a Community Release Order for 12 months. The non-conviction was to allow WP to make an application for his firearms to be returned, once he obtained a licence and the firearms were registered. We ensured that the firearms would be secured until this was resolved.

Contact O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors on (02) 9261 4281 to set up a free appointment with the defence lawyers in our Sydney office, 24 hour phone / text: 0421 373 961

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