NSW laws could be changed after a Border farmer lost his guns for confronting an armed intruder in his family home.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro spoke with David Dunstan and his wife at Noreuil Park on Monday.
Mr Dunstan said he had used the firearm as a prop, and hadn’t pointed it at the man, but police seized his weapons later that day.
Mr Barilaro said police had done the right thing and had only been following the law.
But he said the laws around people defending their home would need to be looked at.
He stopped short of promising changes, but said the grey areas in the legislation needed to be examined.
Mr Dunstan had himself been left wondering what he was supposed to do in that situation.
“I’ve always done the right thing, but I feel like I’ve done the wrong thing,” he said.
Mr Barilaro said he had spoken to the farmer and would take the information back to the government and Attorney General.
“In my mind, I think David did exactly what most would do,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This story touched a nerve with me as a father of three daughters, and (it’s) an incident I think has shaken the community, has of course shaken David and Andrea.
“There are some grey areas in the law in relation to what one can do to protect their home, their family and their children.”
Mr Barilaro said Mr Dunstan had acted in a calm manner and had ultimately forced the intruder from his home and into police custody.
“We would hope in the privacy of our own home, in the safety of our own home, that we have the right to defend our home, our family and our children,” he said.
“And I think that’s why Australians have bought into this story.
“Normally it’s a small story like that that allows Australians to have a broader conversation and debate.”
He said the story had “touched a nerve” with many people.