No jail time for gun shop owner who loaned out 70 weapons

A GATTON business owner who illegally loaned out more than 70 weapons will face just 12 months' probation.

Owner of Micks Sports Store Deborah Hall, 61, pleaded guilty to 73 sales of weapons charges as well as one count of contravention of licence condition and two charges involving Weapons Licensing registers.

Gatton Magistrates Court heard police received information from a reliable source that Hall had been improperly storing weapons at her store in Railway St.

The source also stated up to 50 weapons were being held at the time, but Hall only had a licence for 20 category A or B weapons.

Since receiving this information a number of enquiries were conducted of the business and a review of the Weapons Licensing Management System recorded 82 weapons in the possession of Hall's licence and her licence authorised her to only deal at the Railway St premises.

However, Hall vacated these premises on June 6, 2014, and moved to a building in North St, failing to notify Weapons Licensing.

The court heard on July 4 last year police from the Firearms Investigation Team, State Crime Command and Weapons Licensing Section Queensland Police Service executed a search at the store.

They located 37 category A and B weapons at the store and it was determined Hall had committed a number of weapons regulations breaks and potentially weapons act offences. Her licence was immediately revoked.

The court heard the 73 charges related to firearms being loaned out by Hall to current weapons licence holders in anticipation of purchasing the weapon, a deposit was paid. These offences occurred from December 2013 to July 2014.

This was in direct contravention of the dealer's license conditions.

Weapons could only be removed for the purpose of demonstration or testing under the Weapons Act which had been in place since 1990.

The court heard Hall had purchased Micks Sports Store in December 2011 and had held a weapons licence from January 2012.

During a police interview, Hall cited "poor and sloppy paperwork" for committing the offences. She also claimed she did not know she was committing serious offences against the Weapons Act, despite being aware she was keeping more than 20 weapons.

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