“A BRISBANE gun buff faces possible jail time over a secret cache of high-powered firearms he allegedly built up over two decades,” Australia’s heraldsun.com.au reports. Anyone want to guess what constitutes a “cache” in the Land Down Under? “A raid on the 52-year-old family man’s Alexandra Hills home has netted 23 firearms, including nine shotguns, 12 rifles, a concealable firearm and a slew of ammunition.” Slew? What’s slew with you? Meanwhile, “Detective Inspector Tony Parsons said it was a ‘significant seizure (that’s) reflective of what firearms may be out in the community that haven’t been appropriately licensed.'” Imagine that. And what heinous crimes did the cacheman commit (other than possession) worthy of a ten-year stretch? . . .
Det Inspector Parsons said while there was no evidence these particular guns had been used, the risk they posed to the community was considerable.
“On this occasion the firearms weren’t adequately stored, which therefore leaves the person or public open to the firearms being stolen during a theft of the residence … being diverted to the wider community, and the risk therefore that (they’re used) in armed robbery, home invasions or assaults on a person,” he said.
“It’s quite easy for persons these days to shorten a weapon by cutting the barrels off to make them a lot more concealable, and that’s where the main risk to the community lies.”
Not in the possibility of government tyranny or the threat of an armed assault on a ballistically defenseless law-abiding citizen. Obvs. And when, pray tell, was it not so easy to saw off a shotgun? There but for the grace of the United States Constitution . . .