Gun collector argues against conviction

A CABOOLTURE gun collector is back in court over an M16 self-loading military firearm part he illegally imported.

Timothy Ian Charles Powell argued against a conviction being recorded, saying customs had released other items in error and given incorrect advice.

Powell was the respondent in the matter against Customs.

Representing himself, Powell said he might lose his Queensland Government job because of a conviction.

He offered three character references and said his employer had implied he might be fired by saying we would "hate to lose him".

During his 2012 appeal he argued the firearm part he imported into Australia complied with customs regulations.

A ballistics expert identified the item as a damaged M16 lower receiver and said the gun could be repaired and become fully functional using a welder.

The appeal was dismissed.

In the Brisbane District Court on Monday, customs accepted Powell did not try to re-assemble the weapon, but argued it could fall into the wrong hands.

Judge Fleur Kingham reserved her judgment to a later date.

- APN NEWSDESK


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