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Did the Police Minister break the law?

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There are allegations that the NSW Police Minister broke the law by firing prohibited weapons without holding the appropriate licence'
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-09/nsw-police-minister-david-elliott-fires-submachine-gun-at-range/12040288

David Shoebridge of the Greens had a bit to say on the matter,

"Minister Elliott has very serious questions to answer," Greens MP David Shoebridge said.

"We have tough firearms laws in this state providing hefty criminal penalties if you are holding or operating a firearm without an appropriate licence and I'd invite him to put on the record if he held such a licence."

Mr Shoebridge said it also showed a lack of judgement from a Minister in charge of law and order.

"You'd have to wonder what is going through the mind of a senior Minister to go and pick up a lethal weapon like this without checking if they had a lawful capacity to do that," Mr Shoebridge said."
Posted by Is Mise, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 9:34:09 AM
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Just another squabble among politicians. Totally irrelevant to real people.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 10:54:38 AM
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ttbn
What would happen if you or I did it?
The same should happen to him.
Posted by mikk, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 12:42:36 PM
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It has nothing whatsoever to do with his position & he should pay the fine !
Posted by individual, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 3:10:34 PM
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If you mean Elliott, he did nothing wrong. Anyone can fire weapons at a range with an authorised person in attendance. Greens are just ignorant muck rakers, so bereft of common sense and ideas that they have to make a fuss about a non-event. Bloody idiots the lot of them.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 3:14:30 PM
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ttbn,

Not quite right, certainly, there must be an authorized person in attendance and from the photo, there appears to have been, but the appropriate form must be filled in and signed and I've never heard (not that that proves anything!!) of a form that grants permission to fire a sub-machine gun.
Moreover one would expect that the supervisor would have insisted that the Minister hold the gun by the foregrip, not the magazine (see 1st photo), proper control is a basic safety requirement.

Surely a Minister of the Crown would remember if he had signed a form?

As has been pointed out, on another forum, the next photo down on the link shews three people firing pistols but the two nearest the camera are disobeying safety rules and endangering the third person (as the first is endangering the second).
The Minister should be setting an example for all the rest of us.
Posted by Is Mise, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 4:09:28 PM
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