Man sells dad's rifle that was locked away, lands in court

WHEN Bradley John Cooke decided to sell his father's rifle, little did he know he would end up in court over it.

To make matters worse, Cooke hasn't had much luck tracking down the man he sold the gun to.

Rockhampton Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll voiced his concern in court on Friday and was not happy the gun was still unaccounted for.

In December last year, Cooke's father had locked away his four rifles at his address.

The court heard Cooke, from Dalma, later gained access to the rifles and sold one to a man who had said he'd been looking for a gun to shoot kangaroos with.

It was only when Cooke told his father of the sale that he found out permits were needed.

Cooke's defence lawyer told the court he had gone to police 24 hours after the sale when he couldn't get the gun back in his possession.

Cooke was charged with stealing a firearm and unlawfully supplying a weapon; he pleaded guilty to both charges.

"I consider this to be most serious… the weapon is still missing," Mr O'Driscoll said. "This is not a trivial offence."

Mr O'Driscoll said he needed time to consider the sentence.

He told Cooke that he hoped the weapon would be found before he came back before the court.

Cooke will be sentenced on May 1.

ABOUT GUN LICENCES:

  • Anyone in Queensland wishing to own or use a gun, crossbow, paintball gun, and certain types of knives,   must have a valid weapons' licence
  • A firearms' licence is suitable for the needs of farmers, sports and target shooters
  • If you have a licence and want to buy a weapon you must complete a permit to acquire; only people with a valid weapons' licence can complete this form


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