Mum in firing line over her grandfather's ammo

A MOTHER of two has come under fire for owning boxes of ammunition that had been passed down from her grandfather.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, Heather Ann Burgermeister pleaded guilty to possessing ammunition without a licence.

The 44-year-old was caught with boxes which contained shotgun rounds, magazine rounds and a belt of ammunition.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said the items were discovered when police searched the woman's bedroom at her Goodna home on February 12. Burgermeister told police the ammo had been left to her by her grandfather when he died years ago.

Defence lawyer Justin Thomas said Burgermeister was unaware a weapons licence was needed for ammunition alone.

Mr Thomas said his client didn't - and had never - owned a gun and had no intentions of using the ammo.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Burgermeister must have realised the items were a dangerous thing to have lying around the house.

Ms Sturgess said even if Burgermeister did not plan to use the ammo, it might have been taken and used by someone else.

"If your house was broken into, it would have been a delightful find for thieves," Ms Sturgess told her. Burgermeister was convicted and fined $400.

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