“The police wrongly revoked my firearms licence and I want it back.” Which case won?
Licensee issued with a firearms licence
The licensee was the holder of a firearms licence issued under the NSW Firearms Act.
The licence was issued in 2011 with an expiry date in 2017 and was for recreational purposes such as sport, target shooting, hunting and vermin control.
Licensee’s firearms licence revoked following execution of search warrant
In 2012 the police executed a search warrant of the licensee’s home and seized a number of items. These included a rifle fitted with a stock and a 3D printer which was thought to be used to manufacture weapons.
The police then revoked the licensee’s firearms licence on the grounds that it was not in the public interest for him to continue to hold such a licence.
Licensee seeks reinstatement of firearms licence
The licensee made an unsuccessful application for internal review of this decision, after which he lodged an application for review by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The tribunal ruled in favour of the police and the licensee appealed to the tribunal’s appeals panel.