When the police catch you with drugs or money, it’s time to be a criminal.
When you get caught with a gun and the officers are forced to shoot you, you can expect the same treatment.
The National Police Chiefs Association (NPCA) says there are over 400,000 firearms-related arrests every year in Australia.
But according to NSW Police’s annual firearms statistics, the vast majority of those are for possession offences.
For instance, just 0.7 per cent of firearms-based arrestees in 2015 were charged with serious firearms offences, according to the NSW Police data.
The numbers are even worse for violent offences, which the data shows are a far greater proportion of firearm-related offences.
And despite the figures, police aren’t always looking for guns.
In 2016, just 15 per cent in NSW had been charged with an offence involving a firearm.
Police have a range of tools they can use to try and stop people who are carrying guns, including:Trespass warningWhen you are stopped by police, they can tell you to leave, so long as you do.
Police can also ask for identification and to produce a document that indicates what you have been carrying.
They can also issue you with a summons and an undertaking to stop carrying a firearm for a period of time.
This is when they can detain you for up to a day and ask you questions about your behaviour.
Police can also take you to a safe place where they can put you under observation for up of 48 hours.
This can include asking you to provide identification and take photographs.
If you refuse to comply, they may arrest you.
If the police don’t take you into custody, you may be charged with possession offences in your home state, which carries a maximum sentence of five years.
You may be issued with a written warning and fined $500.
If this happens, you could face a criminal record for up the length of your sentence, with no possibility of release.
It could also make it difficult for you to obtain work, with employers requiring you to stay at home with your children for extended periods of time and for a minimum of 30 days.
It’s not just police that can use firearms against you.
Your employer can also seize your gun, and it’s not uncommon for employers to order your employer to confiscate it.
Your bank could also seize it if you are found to have money on you.
So while you may not have any real legal rights when police raid your home, it is still a very real possibility.
The good news is that it is not just your home that is safe from police.
You are also protected by your employer, the courts, and the public.
You can find out more about the rules around gun ownership and the right to carry firearms here:The NPA has also compiled a guide to the best places to buy guns in NSW.