I really thought there was nothing more that could surprise me about my Govt's stupidity....
I was wrong...and how.
(Warning: Your 6yr-old could well be harbouring a New Menace
From Australian Shooter
, June 2010 - letters page:
'I would like to share with you and your readers the ridiculousness of the Customs policies relating to toy guns.
I recently purchased a vintage 1940s boxed cast iron cap gun made by a company called Kilgore from overseas. Upon its arrival, it was seized by Customs as a 'replica firearm' even though the box states "Toy paper cap pistol"
. I was then instructed to contact Victoria Police for the necessary permit to release the toy from Customs. I was told that in order for it to be acceptable in the eyes of Victoria Police and for it to be regarded as a toy
, it had to have a permanently affixed red barrel plug on it that cannot be removed without damaging the gun.
My next step was to call back Customs and let them know that I would come down to collect it, and in front of them, affix a red barrel of the required 2cm length. Well, guess what their reply was? Unless it came into Australia with the plug attached, I had to obtain a B709A permit, which is some sort of permit that would allow me to bring in handguns, as well as a host of firearm-related goodies. This would require obtaining a handgun licence, and being a member of a pistol club for a year. Then, that would lead me on to a Collector's Licence, which would enable me to collect my toy gun...which by then, would have long been destroyed.
I have an A and B longarms firearms licence, and am an upstanding, law-abiding citizen. I have paid taxes all my life, which pays the wages of these government people who decided, "No, I don't feel in a good mood today, so I'll make this person's life miserable for today and not let this one though."
I thought we were the land of the free? Like hell! If you're a criminal or a druggie, you get more rights than a manager of a Melbourne city business."
- Andrew Teleki, Vic
Jesus...weren't we all fortunate to be saved from such obvious evil