Burglary victim charged after gun stolen

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A MAN who had a family heirloom rifle stolen from his Lancelin home has been convicted for not having it stored properly.

Kimberly Maurice Stubbs told Joondalup Magistrate’s Court on Friday the gun belonged to his great-grandfather and the inside of the barrel was rusted.

“When Dad handed it to me, the police said I could hang it on the wall,” he said.

“My house gets smashed up and I’m in trouble for something that’s 169 years old.”

However, he said he would plead guilty to the August 8 offence.

Stubbs, who had a firearms licence, said he was on holiday when his house was broken in to.

He said while he did not have a cabinet for the rifle, he stored it in three parts in three different places around the house.

However, Magistrate Sandra De Maio said the concern was the gun had not been recovered and was “in the community in the wrong hands”.

“The gun might be old but you’re responsible for it,” she said.

Stubbs was fined $850 and ordered to pay court costs of $225.90.

He will also be disqualified from holding a firearms licence for 12 months.

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