STATEMENT P.B.HEYWOOD. 9/02/018. Handed in at Theodore Police Station.
I decline interview and have to inform that my lawyer is unable to work until perhaps the middle of next week, so I provide a statement.

Here is the wording (with minor alterations) of a comment I submitted yesterday, QPS Internet Site. – Client Service Charter << Reference ID: 4499343: You have a young officer who couldn’t be nicer but who unwittingly conceals a lump of lead in his fluffy mittens. And he doesn’t seem capable of being told the implications of not going by standard police procedure. Give this a free hand, and bye-and bye, every Queenslander, police included, finish up in a criminal court.

Rural Queensland does not equal urban Queensland when it comes to firearm management and the Police Dept. in my opinion has struck as good a compromise as it can under current impossible circumstances. Amongst other factors, for people such as myself who do not enjoy firearms but keep them of necessity …… a firearm on certain types of rural property IS IN USE THE MOMENT IT IS INSTALLED.
Hence, Random Storage Audit:
(Advice received from Manager, Weapons Licencing Branch)
“There is a state-wide internal audit procedure for QPS.
Can confirm the following is part of the audit process:
The police officer assigned the task will contact the licensee to arrange a mutually suitable time for the inspection. Police have to make contact with the licensee to arrange a mutually agreeable date and time to perform the security and firearm inspection as there are no police powers to inspect, on a random basis, the storage of private individuals.” END QUOTE WEAPONS LICENSING M’G’R.(via The office of Colin Boyce M.P.)

To my knowledge and with plenty of people to back it up — including an ex-policeman currently in Theodore who conducted such audits — this forewarning and seeking permission to enter has been standard procedure here and standard procedure for good reason. Firearms are sometimes used to dissuade noxious vermin and the possible time of appearance of said vermin is 24 –7.

I would be pleased to send you the explanatory script I sent officer Weimar. There is sometimes a ‘twist’ in events[1] and in one’s past which are useful background. I took the trouble of informing him of anything that might clarify. Meanwhile I need the firearms which were confiscated (no  time-frame for return) and I am ready if need be to investigate charges of trespass against this officer. There was no forewarning, no request for permission, along with an accompanying explanation of rights and implications. It is up to police to inform people of their rights and privileges This was nothing but a chummy-chummy fiddling criminal outcomes trap! For what purpose? Do you not see how warning of this behaviour spreads right through what is left of communities such ours, and removes all remnant respect for police? END QPS SUBMISSION.

I decline to waste space here, writing down that which is common knowledge – common knowledge, except it seems, to the inexperienced. Would you care for an affidavit from one neighbour who installed expensive infra-red motion sensors to detect wild dog movements – dogs attacking cattle? Two miles from my house. These (rare) attacks only happen, it seems, when you aren’t ready for them!

So when the police wagon parked itself completely unannounced right in my house yard, shadows being long and soon to blend in with darkness, it might have been, instead, half-dingos come to kill my collie. So if it was savage dogs, and I was prepared, what would I have done? If I was being vigilant and had good reason to suspect their arrival, I would have had a firearm in the house where I was working, cooking dinner.

Would you care for an affidavit from a landowner on the other side of town from me, who lost all his dogs whilst they were on the chain(!) in one event, in his hearing, before he could act ? Those big dingos ex Fraser Island breed well here. Can’t kill them on Fraser Island, can’t kill them lawfully, anywhere. Not if you work for the humane, enlightened government. (That is possibly why they are here!)

Assume no children about, no unreliable/unsafe persons, and the licensee does not advertise to potential thieves the location of his weapons. Then If a firearm which is rarely needed but may be needed on the instant is locked in a safe, it is in use. The fact that it is locked is totally in favour of the licensee (assuming no children, potential thieves, etc.) because he has the obvious right through necessity to have it on hand – and, ready to use.

What say we employ the services of a serious gun thief (not many would be interested in my fiddly pop guns, but we could try). Ask him which would be easiest — if he turns up when the people are temporarily away—find the (thanks to the government, easily identifiable) gun safe and cut into it or smash the locks — or search all the premises for weapons which are at least partly concealed? It would depend on the thief and his methods. Where is the published research here? Where is the safety advantage (assuming no careless and uninformed operators) in having three or four bullets in a magazine in with the gun whilst having boxes of ammunition in a similar container? Is this so the government, having illegally and high-handedly forced the most law-abiding of its citizenry to perform all sorts of contortions, the government is going to force (more certainly than at the point of a gun) force its most faithful citizens to build Fort Knox in every house? To save lives? Death through firearms is comparatively insignificant in Queensland! It is my aim to make it less significant in my neck of the woods.

Would you care for an affidavit from another landowner who was a) given (as he recalls) a month’s forewarning, in writing, of an audit, and b) advised that his failure to have the bolt removed from the rifle was no problem, because of the circumstances under which many landowners function. I will not identify the officer, but the affidavit should be no problem. This in the past year or two. I can almost certainly obtain such affidavits.

If the person reading this is involved in prosecution on the basis of the bolt being in the rifle – YOU can have my .22 magnum with scope and remove and re-place the bolt six times in day in a hurry as the need arises without damaging the scope and rifle, without compromising your safety and in a big hurry. I have to almost get a gunsmith to remove the thing.

The laws don’t even take into account the materials involved! (This is because John Howard’s worthy idea of collecting and tidying up firearms rapidly became recklessly applied by people such as Queensland ALP, lawless and uncomprehending of what they are doing, with an encyclopedic mountain of facts as proof. Would you care for the documentation? Proof upon proof of incompetence? You are staring at a tiny aspect thereof. Denial of basic human rights. Try looking up on-line Queensland Gov’t Your Rights in Relation to Police Entry on Private Property.)

How many more affidavits would we like from people who live in a real world around here?

I am entitled to use my shotgun as a scare gun and have it to hand in the house, loaded, provided I lock it away when not needed. As was explained at the time –I was keeping one eye out for the (absent) wife’s expensive prize-winning rag doll kitten. It jumps on anything and we (witnesses, available) had seen a large king brown that day, and there was a snake skin within field of view where the police wagon pulled up. A warning shot would send the kitten racing inside. It is only allowed out for short periods.

The rifle was also in use as explained above. If anyone can figure out a better strategy for myself, my associates/family, to make anything more safe and workable — provide same herewith and I will adopt same. After you have removed the rifle bolt. (I am in fact desirous of obtaining a lighter rifle which could be used as a scare gun and would perhaps be safer. Perhaps largely pension off the others. Do you intend to issue a permit to acquire, in the interests of safety?)

Goosy goosy gander where shall I wander….. . END OFFICIAL STATEMENT.

Footnotes:

1. ((Footnote, written 2022. The ‘twist’ of which I was desirous to notify police? —  I had a conviction for possession of unregistered firearms … acquired 20 odd years before, about the time when licensing was implemented. A relative had given me a couple of antiquated, low-powered farm guns which I neglected to register but which ‘turned up in the wash’ with the outcome of a minimal fine and ‘no recorded conviction’. The reason for disregarding the licensing procedures was not because firearms control is wrong, but because I then was a believer in Australian Law and had assumed the laws as introduced would soon be sent back to the drawing board by figurative knights in shining armour wearing wigs and judicial robes. Yes, and even perhaps quoting the Australian Constitution, equality, human rights, etc.. The government may not discriminate against an entire class of innocent citizens by implicitly criminalising, effectively taxing their essential tools of trade, putting uniformed police on their private property and in their lounge rooms. Why are police involved, on your property, if there is no crime?  The thin edge of the wedge of universal government intervention in your home and your head? Why register the guns if the legislation was certain to be revised? So the author, seeing the dangers in the way the supervision was to be enforced, 20 years later witnesses the inevitable self-fulfilment – police in your lounge, yourself red-flagged as a near madman, and a judiciary unable to comprehend the implications of not comprehending. What are human rights, anyway? Safety from being shot? With caveats, Yes. And a lot more.   Are we a free people?  Was gun control as it was implemented one thin edge of one of various wedges?))

Enlargement, also written in 2022:

A twist on the twist:  Subsequent to Sergeant Weimar’s raid, firearm stealing almost accidentally came to my notice. A local acquaintance within the police district had came home to find $5,000 in firearms gone, along with the gun cupboard being ruined, with associated damage in the cupboard housing location.  I mentioned this to a son, who immediately informed me of the same misfortune befalling his employer – located in another police district. We may immediately draw our own conclusions about safety – gun safety being incidental – safety from crime in Australia. We are as safe as the people around us are law abiding. Governments, in varying degree according to their underlaying morality,  point a figurative gun at a law abiding segment of society, extract monies to finance control programmes and safes, make it a criminal offence to negligently allow undesirable persons to have access to a gun – thereby enabling undesirable persons to easily access valuable and possibly high powered guns!  Any determined group of people in this and any other place (try Ireland, Mexico, Chicago, Russia, etc.) will either manufacture or attain dangerous items of human destruction. We are as safe as the people around us are honourable. Safety is something higher than fallen Man.  Sergeant Weimar, I subsequently learned, sent Snr Constable Green out to investigate the local case.  Perhaps the Sergeant remained at home to do his duty in going through the records to try to discern a likely thief within his district? Myself?