The Magistrates Court has the sad tale of one Glen Thomas Beadman of Hackett.
Glen had been collecting bullets with appropriate permits and licences and had over 3,000 of the things in his house. Not enough to actually start a war, but possibly good for a well executed coup d’état.
But then on 8 October 2008 Glen was served with an interim Personal Protection Order in proceedings under the Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Act 2001.
At which point his firearms licence was suspended and the police took a keen interest in his collection.
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There’s some doubt as to whether he was then in breach of the conditions of his approval to collect bullets.
Magistrate Burns has found a prima facie case has been made and it’s up to the higher court to make a finding as to reasonable doubt.
It might have been safer to stick to tea pots.