A .22 rifle being brandished by a North Albury woman to warn off a hoon driver who threatened her son was unlikely to kill anyone, a solicitor claimed in Albury Local Court earlier this week.
Legal Aid solicitor Jim Allen appeared for Judith Ann Murray, 58, who appeared for sentencing on six firearms matters on Tuesday.
Police found two .22 rifles on a bed along with ammunition after attending her home in Waugh Road in June.
“They are not high-powered rifles,” Mr Allen said.
He said without trying to trivialise the matters it was unlikely they would kill anyone.
“There was no real risk to any person. No real harm done,” Mr Allen said.
But magistrate Tony Murray rejected there was no real potential harm and described the charges as “very serious offences”.
Judith Murray appeared for sentencing on two counts of possessing an unregistered firearm, two counts of failing to safely keep a firearm, purchasing an unregistered firearm and possessing ammunition without a permit.
She was put on four-month suspended sentences on five charges and fined $400 for having the ammunition.
She had taken a .22 rifle from a wardrobe and stood on her porch to deter a hoon driver who had stopped his vehicle and threatened to stab one of her sons.
Murray, who does not have a shooter’s licence, denied to police aiming or pointing the unloaded rifle at the driver.
It was her intention to instill fear in him so that he would go away.