RANDOM AUDITS ON GUN OWNERS
Paul Doneman & Michael Wray
Courier Mail (25-10-05)
LICENSED gun owners will be
audited at random in a statewide police crackdown on
The six-month audit, which will be the start of a
series of on-site inspections, follows the discovery
of a large underground arsenal of banned weapons in
Dr John Di Palma, 53, has been charged after police
found a purpose-built under-ground bunker during a
two-day operation near Innisfail.
A stockpile of military-style weapons had allegedly
been hidden in wall cavities and under the floor of
a bunker, vault and shed.
Police said the statewide audit of 152,000 Weapons
licences would ensure gun
owners including those in
remote rural areas were meeting their requirements
to safely store weapons.
‘Licence holders selected in the audit will be given
advance notice of the inspection which will be
arranged through local police,” said Weapons
Licensing Branch inspector Mike Crowley.
“We are confident that the great majority of
licensed firearm owners are already complying with
the storage requirements set out in their licence
Acting Detective Inspector Kerry Johnson of the
organised crime investigation unit said that in
police raids of organised crime networks in the past
six months the most commonly seized illegal weapons
were handguns and Tasers, commonly known as stun
He said illegal weapons could be brought through a
range of means including the Internet but stressed
that a majority of licensed weapons holders were
Dr Di Palma was admitted to hospital on Friday with
chest pains shortly after police raided his home and
He was taken to hospital shortly after police
presented him with a search warrant at his Innisfail
Dr Di Palma will front the Innisfail Magistrate’s
Court next month on 46 weapons charges.