Paintball dad in gun’s balls-up

POPPING childhood mates with paintballs is hilarious and messy fun but decades later a paintball gun helped to lob a Gladstone dad in court on weapons charges.

Scott Smits never dreamed the fun neighbourhood games would end with an appearance before Gladstone Magistrates Court over 20 years later charged with unlawful possession of weapons.

Smits, 45, pleaded guilty to possession of a paintball gun, air rifle and .22 calibre bolt-action rifle on April 18.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said Smits admitted to having the weapons when police issued with a search warrant found them in his home at 10.45am that day.

Smits told officers the paintball gun he owned for over 20 years he would use to have fun in a nearby creek.

Mr Reece said the guns had apparently belonged to Smits's sister and he got them during a clean up, saying he meant to get rid of them but never got around to it.

Smits told magistrate Mark Morrow he previously did make attempts to bring the guns in to a police station but was told he would likely be charged.

Mr Morrow accepted Smits came into possession of the two rifles while clearing out his sister's place.

Smits was fined $500, the weapons forfeited to the Crown.


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