Gun boy fails in bid for firearms

A TEENAGER who allegedly pointed a firearm at a police officer has been denied a gun licence.

The Urana boy was aged 13 when he applied for a minor’s firearm permit in July 2013.

The incident with the female officer was alleged to have occurred the following month.

She reported arriving outside his home before the boy aimed the gun at her from the front door.

The officer left the scene and reported the incident to a sergeant at the Albury station, and the teen was charged with assaulting a police officer and intimidating a police officer.

The assault charge was withdrawn and the second charge dismissed in October 2014.

It had been alleged that the teen saw the officer and pointed the weapon at her. 

He had argued that the gun was a toy and he had been playing with a friend.

His bid for a gun licence was refused due to his involvement in the incident and for being subject to an interim apprehended violence order against the woman.

His father was also charged with failing to keep a firearm safe, which was proven in court but overturned on appeal.

The man’s firearms licence was suspended, and both appealed against the decisions.

A review of the teenager’s matter before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal found public safety could be under threat if he had a gun.

Senior member Normal Isenberg found discrepancies in the evidence given by the boy and the friend he said he was playing with.

He could not be certain if the teen had pointed the firearm – which was possibly a toy gun – at the officer, but said that would have “demonstrate(d) a serious lack of judgement and regard for public safety including that of his own personal safety”.

“The policewoman’s evidence is that she was frightened,” Mr Isenberg found.  

“I find her evidence plausible to the extent that she honestly believed that a rifle had been pointed towards her.”

But he also found discrepancies in her evidence about a rifle said to have been used and other issues.

“The policewoman stated that she was anxious and scared,” Mr Isenberg said.

“If this was the case, I find that it may have adversely affected her recollection as to what she saw in the course of the event and for a period thereafter.”

The teenager had said it was a “big misunderstanding” and that he had never pointed the gun at her.