The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) is the last resort for people trying to hang on to legal gun ownership. These are the men who tried to keep their firearms but failed and the reasons why their guns were stripped from them are shocking.
Getting a gun in Australia is hard, that’s how most people like it. But what happens when you’ve gone through all the red tape and something “unfortunate” happens?
Former Lone Wolf member Stuart James Dalziell challenged the Commissioner of Police in court after he was hit with a Firearm Prohibition Order in July 2017.
NCAT documents show Dalziell told the tribunal that he had ever been National President or Chapter President of the Lone Wolves but admitted he was regarded as a “senior member”.
But the FPO came alongside another order prohibiting him from “consorting” with a list of known convicts.
Dalziell had never applied for a gun and didn’t intend to – but he challenged the order saying he didn’t want police to be able to come to his home where his wife and young children live.
He said police were relying on old convictions and incidents including when he found a shortened firearm and put it on display in his home, the documents say.
Then there was the time, in 1997, when police said he had armed himself with an imitation firearm.
Dalziell explained he went to a fancy dress party wearing pinstripe pants, a Stetson hat and a plastic gun in a holster – his mates told the tribunal he was dressed like a “gangster” but they knew it was a fake gun.
NCAT ruled against him, saying the prohibition order should stand.