Skip to comments.Pastoralist loses gun licence fight (Australian Rancher)
Posted on 08/08/2008 6:36:25 AM PDT by marktwain
Pastoralist John Anick yesterday lost his legal fight with WA Police in the State Administrative Tribunal to reclaim his handgun licence that was revoked by police under legislation that no longer allowed pastoralists to possess the firearms.
Mr Anick, a station owner in the Pilbara, was the first of a group of pastoralists being represented by lawyer Ross Williamson fighting the handgun confiscation that was implemented by police in the past 18 months.
Mr Williamson said his clients had a right to possess handguns because they dealt with wild and aggressive cattle. Many of his clients had stories of being attacked.
In dismissing Mr Anicks application, Justice Michael Barker said evidence given on behalf of the Commissioner of Police suggests that long arms are, generally speaking, a better option for dealing with the destruction of stock or vermin . . . because of their efficiency, safety and general reliability. He said the destruction of stock or vermin also included instances where a wild bull might charge a station worker.
Mr Williamson said he was disappointed with the decision and was keen to appeal against it to the Supreme Court. It is always difficult within the four corners of a room in an office block on St Georges Terrace to explain to city people the circumstances and realities of everyday life in the remote parts of this State, he said.
If Self defense with a firearm is legitimate, all the anti-freedom types strategy falls apart.
Disarming the people is the most important step in establishing a socialist/totalitarian government.
It’s sad what’s happened to Australia.
Do they mean ‘Rancher’?
What’s a ‘Rancher’?
“Mr Williamson said he was disappointed with the decision and was keen to appeal against it to the Supreme Court. It is always difficult within the four corners of a room in an office block on St Georges Terrace to explain to city people the circumstances and realities of everyday life in the remote parts of this State, he said. “
And the same problems exist here with people who have to live with bears and cougars and have to deal with idiot hoplophobic urbanites with a Tarzan complex.
Dur, The guy in charge of all the cowboys.
OK got that now. It’s just that we don’t speak much Spanish in Oz.
And ‘cowboys’? aren’t they the menial workers who feed the chickens, milk the house cows, chop wood and clean the yard? Being in charge of them doesn’t sound anything special.
All I know is, ‘Pastoralist’ sounds mighty gay.
Dictators are vermin....
A fancher raises livestock.