Drunk gun owner goes to court

A LICENSED gun owner who was drunk when he left his house, leaving both the gun safe and a garage door unlocked, has been penalised with a fine.

The suburban residential gun owner retained his gun licence after pleading guilty to Weapons Act offences.

Scott Douglas Williamson, 38, from Springfield Lakes, pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to possession of a weapon while under the influence of liquor or a drug on June 24; and being a licensee failed to secure the storage of weapons.

Prosecutor Sergeant Chris O'Neil said Williamson was the licensed firearm owner of a bolt-action rifle and .22 calibre rifle.

On that evening, Williamson was heavily intoxicated, had the keys to his gun safe, opened it and took a rifle from its storage bag.

A person at the house was worried and left.

Williamson left the garage and gun safe open when he followed the person.

Sgt O'Neill said police arrived at the home to find both the garage door and gun safe open. Williamson had taken no steps to secure them.

"Police detected a strong smell of liquor and he was incoherent," Sgt O'Neill said.

A breath test gave an alcohol reading of 0.17. Magistrate Melanie Ho was provided with a letter of apology written by Williamson. The court was closed for another matter and remained closed for his sentence.

Williamson was fined $300.