Shoalwater man’s gun passion leads to fine

A MAN who said he had a passion for guns for years should have known better that he needed a licence for his hobby, a magistrate told him.

Gary Robert Evans pleaded guilty to being an unlicensed person possessing a firearm, possessing a smoking implement and a failing to appear for a breach of bail when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on September 5.

Police had searched Evans’ home in Shoalwater on August 3. They found a .22 calibre rifle in two parts with no traceable serial number and a smoking implement, the court heard.

His lawyer said Evans had a passion for refurbishing guns and a friend had given him the gun for that purpose, which was why police had found it in two pieces.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins said Evans should have known better. “If you have been around rifles for most of your life as I’m told, then you know you can’t have them without a licence,” she told him.

She fined Evans $500 for having the rifle, $150 for the smoking implement and $300 for the breach of bail.

She ordered the items be destroyed and that Evans pay the search warrant cost of $325 to police.