In 2021, the police seized 4 gel blasters that our client had purchased and charged him with 4 counts of possess prohibited firearm, contrary to section 7(1) Firearms Act 1996. The maximum penalty for each offence is 14 years imprisonment, with a standard non-parole period of 4 years.
Our client, a company executive, did not wish to plead guilty and our criminal lawyers entered pleas of not guilty to the charges and had the matter set down for hearing.
In May 2022, Hanna Legal represented our client at his defended hearing at the Downing Centre Local Court. Although possession of the gel blasters was admitted, it was successfully argued on our client’s behalf that the gel blasters were not “firearms” as defined in section 4 of the Firearms Act 1996.
The defence argument was successful and our client was found not guilty of all charges.