Canberra shooting groups are calling for a change to ACT laws that allow firearm permits to be refused based on the appearance of a gun, rather than its function. A Canberra man this week had a permit refused for a large hunting rifle as it resembles a military weapon. The ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) ruled the Barrett M98B .338 Lapua Magnum bolt-action rifle met technical specifications for a permit, but too closely resembled a weapon designed for military use.

David Eichner took the matter to the ACAT after the ACT Firearms Registry refused his permit application on a range of different grounds.

He applied for the weapon for “target shooting and recreational hunting”.

The registry initially found it resembled a military weapon and its pistol-grip was not allowed.

It also found the ammunition required for the weapon was too large for ACT shooting ranges and there were no properties large enough within the ACT for the rifle to be used to hunt.

The ACAT found the only real contention was the appearance of the firearm, seeking advice from a firearms expert within the NSW Police Force.

It agreed with the expert that the firearm closely resembled a military weapon, and should therefore be refused under the ACT Firearms Act.

“The tribunal is satisfied that the .338 Lapua Magnum rifle is a firearm that substantially duplicates in appearance (regardless of calibre or manner of operation) a self-loading centre-fire rifle of a kind that is designed or adapted for military purposes,” it found.

David True from the Sporting Shooters Association of the ACT said it was a puzzling decision.

“Because they’re black, and they look like a military-type firearm, perhaps maybe that’s the reason why they’re knocking them back,” he said.

He said regulations should measure firearms solely on their function, not their appearance.

“I believe it’s nonsense,” he said. “Because the firearm is still a bolt-action firearm, it’s not a rapid-fire firearm by any means.”





  1. The contextual educating style featured within the Jamorama will not leave you training on your own in your own room for long periods on end hoping for a slight improvement. The best way to gain knowledge music is to play with other, better, musicians. Jamorama offers you with a way to learn from some of the best qualified person guitar players, which include jam monitor recordings that let you play together with the pros. This extensive multimedia package deal includes a guitar-playing tuition book, ear schooling game, music browsing game, tuning software, a metronome, and video lessons.
    mulberry handbags outlet uk

  2. It undoubtedly resembles a time saver as well
    as the job done is worth every cent, particularly if
    you are brand-new to GSA Online search engine Ranker.

  3. Regarding on your own: This will be used for the around yourself” sections in Internet 2.0 and online forum accounts.

  4. Garcinia cambogia extract Pure Extract is particularly created with only the purest
    Tamarind essence verified to burn fat, increase metabolism,
    reduction appetite, as well as stop brand-new fat from forming on you

  5. It might be made up of metal, beads, plastics,
    or many different materials. Any form of designs or carvings may be engraved on them.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here