Firearm registry 'abusing power and killing rights'

SHOOTERS and Fishers MP Robert Borsak says the NSW Firearms Registry has gone mad with power and is systematically chipping away at gun owners' right to the presumption of innocence.

The Legislative Councillor outlined one case study during a private member's statement on Thursday.

"My office recently received details from one firearm owner who in August 2014 was charged by the NSW Police with a Commonwealth offence," he said.

"The firearm owner pleaded not guilty and in November 2014, the charge was dismissed and withdrawn in the Local Court."

The gun owner was then charged under state laws using the identical fact sheet from the Commonwealth charges.

The NSW Firearms Registry revoked his licence and he surrendered his weapons.

Mr Borsak said the notice of revocation read: "Whilst I note that the allegations are still before the court, I am satisfied that on the balance of probabilities that offences have occurred".

"What an arrogant and outrageous statement to make from the Firearms Registry," Mr Borsak said.

In June last year, the gun owner requested a review of the decision but was turned down.

He lodged an appeal to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal in September.

Then he received a call from local police saying they had received an order from the Firearms Registry to destroy his weapons, despite the appeal still being before NCAT.

In late December, the charges against him were again dismissed and withdrawn.

"Now, any fair-minded individual might think that this would be the end of the matter and his licence should be reinstated and firearms returned," Mr Borsak said.

Instead, the man was told the court's dismissal made no difference to the Firearms Registry's decision.

"This is just one example of the litany of cases I have received from firearms owners about the abuse of powers and the abusive and vexatious actions by the NSW Firearms Registry," Mr Borsak said.

"Is it any wonder that firearms owners and farmers in this state are fed up with the Firearms Registry's unfettered and systematic abuse of power?" -APN NEWSDESK



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