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Who shoots a store? Mysterious bullet holes in Gungahlin

By Barcham 6 August 2013 66

ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations is investigating bullet holes into a business in Gungahlin overnight (August 6).

About 7.50am this morning, the owner arrived at the business and saw what appeared to be bullet holes in the window of his shop.

Members from Gungahlin Police Station attended and assessed the damage, confirming four bullet holes in to a window and window frame of the Tatts On Tatts Off tattoo shop on Anthony Rolfe Avenue.

AFP Forensic Services were called to the shop and are currently processing the scene.

Detectives from Criminal Investigations are conducting enquiries into the incident.

Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious overnight on Anthony Rolfe Avenue is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy of ACT Policing]

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IrishPete 10:12 am 09 Aug 13

Diggety said :

Lads/Gents

Believe it or not: legal gun owners are some of the most responsible, legally aware and conscious operators within their environmental circumstances – including sportsmen. They know best on this subject.

The problem is illegal use of firearms. The proliferation, use, or trade will never be overcome by blaming legal shooters – the very people fighting against illegal use of firearms.

That has been my observation too. Generally gun handling and gun security are taken very seriously (though I have met the odd exception).

But posters to online forums seem to want to change the laws back to pre-Port Arthur, or even worse something USA-style. So while they may be complying with the existing laws, they are pushing to have them changed, against the wishes of the vast majority of Australians who prefer things as they are, or even more restricted.

And reading that a licensed shooter has half a dozen handguns at home make me wonder “why?”. Shotties and rifles have a function – handguns not, just a sport of target shooting. There are many sports and recreational activities over the decades and centuries that have become illegal because the downsides are considered worse than the upsides.

Anything that you keep in your house, no matter the level of security, can be stolen. But if it doesn’t exist, it can’t be stolen. So whether or not stolen handguns make up a substantial proportion of those circulating illegally, they make up some of them, and they are an easy fix. We don’t have to compete in every international sport – we probably don’t have a bobsled team.

Research I read somewhere said 3% of stolen firearms (and it may even have been handguns specifically) are later linked to crime, like the one that started this thread – but that has to be an underestimate, because we need to know the follow-up period (a month? a year? 10 years? it needs to be for the useful life of the gun, which is decades, maybe even centuries if well-maintained), and the methodology for linking them (which I doubt would be finding all the links).

I could and want to get a gun licence, but I am extremely concerned about security – I cant keep them on my bush block where I would use them, because a gun safe would have no effect. There is no-one nearby, and you’d have as long as you want to force the safe or remove it. Not a lot different in my home with timber floors – bolting a gun safe to a timber floor wouldn’t present a significant challenge to a determined burglar. And a gun safe screams “I have guns inside”. perhaps the law should be less specific about what they are stored in, and allow some sensible discretion – maybe I should be able to keep them in a dog kennel with resident large dog!

IP

Diggety 12:54 am 09 Aug 13

Lads/Gents

Believe it or not: legal gun owners are some of the most responsible, legally aware and conscious operators within their environmental circumstances – including sportsmen. They know best on this subject.

The problem is illegal use of firearms. The proliferation, use, or trade will never be overcome by blaming legal shooters – the very people fighting against illegal use of firearms.

IrishPete 12:39 am 09 Aug 13

LSWCHP said :

IrishPete said :

Given that handguns are supposedly banned in Australia, I see no reason for anyone to be keeping them at home, unless as personal protection in which case you would expect their home to be secure, and the handgun to be carried with them when they are away from home. Target shooters can keep them at a secure gun club.

IP

This is more than a little off topic, but what the hey…

IP, generally you seem to have your eye on the ball, but everything in that para is wrong. Handguns are banned in England but not here.

As Grimm has stated, handgun ownership in Australia is quite legal. There are at least 4 pistol clubs in Canberra that I know of, and like him I also own…ermm…quite a lot of handguns. I couldn’t carry them with me when I left the home because I would be stumbling under the weight.

They may not be used for personal protection, they are for target shooting activities only.

Carrying a pistol outside the range when away from home is about the most serious crime the owner can commit, and will land him or her in a world of hurt when the plods find out.

Keeping all the members guns at the club would be absolutely the worst thing to do, presenting a giant unguarded collection of concealable firearms to the unrighteous in an isolated location.

The lawful and responsible use of pistols for sporting purposes by serious, disciplined and safety conscious members of the public should be of no concern to anybody.

Arsehats shooting holes in shops is another matter entirely. IFor their own safety, I hope the plods find out who did it before the shopowner and his mates catch them

Anyone who reads my posts should know by now that every word is carefully chosen. So the use of the word “supposedly” is not random. But, I will now expand – by “supposedly” I mean that although your average member of the public thinks they are banned, because John Howard said so, the number of loopholes is truly astounding. If I invented a “sport” involving RPGs. would I be allowed to possess them I think not, but that’s the situation with handguns. I I said I was a RPG collector? Nope. But apparently it’s OK for handguns.

Yes you and I are not allowed to own them for “personal protection”: from burglars and bogeymen, but if you believe they are not permitted for personal protection then I have a lovely expensive bridge to sell you. Do you think senior ASIO staff don’t have guns at home? Or have to have them locked in a safe? Someone will say “that’s professional use” and I will say “bollocks” – if it’s at home it’s for personal protection.

The statement that you’ll get in trouble if you have them anywhere but at a range is daft – you keep them at home, and you transport them from home to range and back again. So as well as being at a range, they are at home, and they are in your vehicle.

They are kept at clubs in some places – how do I know this, because in Sydney a gun club stuffed up and contributed to the killing of a man. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/gun-club-fails-to-regain-licence-after-man-killed-20120715-224ap.html

Off topic? No, because some knob decided that the gun used in the tattoo shop shooting couldn’t possibly have been stolen, and must have been illegally imported, in the absence of any evidence, and just so he/she/it could make a “poor me, victimised gun nut” comment.

IP

LSWCHP 9:54 pm 08 Aug 13

IrishPete said :

Given that handguns are supposedly banned in Australia, I see no reason for anyone to be keeping them at home, unless as personal protection in which case you would expect their home to be secure, and the handgun to be carried with them when they are away from home. Target shooters can keep them at a secure gun club.

IP

This is more than a little off topic, but what the hey…

IP, generally you seem to have your eye on the ball, but everything in that para is wrong. Handguns are banned in England but not here.

As Grimm has stated, handgun ownership in Australia is quite legal. There are at least 4 pistol clubs in Canberra that I know of, and like him I also own…ermm…quite a lot of handguns. I couldn’t carry them with me when I left the home because I would be stumbling under the weight.

They may not be used for personal protection, they are for target shooting activities only.

Carrying a pistol outside the range when away from home is about the most serious crime the owner can commit, and will land him or her in a world of hurt when the plods find out.

Keeping all the members guns at the club would be absolutely the worst thing to do, presenting a giant unguarded collection of concealable firearms to the unrighteous in an isolated location.

The lawful and responsible use of pistols for sporting purposes by serious, disciplined and safety conscious members of the public should be of no concern to anybody.

Arsehats shooting holes in shops is another matter entirely. IFor their own safety, I hope the plods find out who did it before the shopowner and his mates catch them

poetix 8:38 pm 08 Aug 13

CraigT said :

rosscoact said :

CraigT said :

Mysterious?

Tattoo parlour, bullet holes.

Sounds like the natural order of things, to me. Where you have tattoos, you have scum.

I realise that you are trolling but honestly, saying things like this makes you sound like a knucklehead

How many Nobel prize winners have had tattoos?

Tattoos are the vulgar mark of the least educated and most criminal elements in society. Bouncers, bikies, drug dealers and non-commissioned ranks who lack respect for their own bodies.

A well-designed tattoo is a wonderful thing, and there is a lovely dialectic set up between the living body and the art inked into it. Some tattoos are horrible, but that’s the same with any other art form.

As to your question about Nobel prize winners, they are usually not asked to show their tatts to the Swedish king when picking up the prize, I would imagine. But Brian Schmidt may be able to enlighten us.

Pork Hunt 8:33 pm 08 Aug 13

So are all these dogs getting tatts on or tatts off? The discussion has degenerated to a large extent from the OP ffs…

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