Kingaroy Senior Sergeant David Tierney urges the community to use recreational weapons responsibly.
Kingaroy Senior Sergeant David Tierney urges the community to use recreational weapons responsibly. Jessica McGrath

Take care when using recreational weapons

KINGAROY police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant David Tierney wants South Burnett residents to know owning a weapon is a privilege, not a right.

Snr Sgt Tierney said weapon offences, ranging from guns to cross bows, happened every now and then in the region.

He urged people to take due care when recreationally using weapons, especially along fence lines.

"As long as you know your projectile is going to finish on your property, you're fine to do as you want," Snr Sgt Tierney said.

Snr Sgt Tierney said a weapons licence involved a long process and various checks including criminal history and safety courses.

"Most people use it for what it should be," he said.

Snr Sgt Tierney said a lot of people who moved to the area for a tree change often called police when hearing gun shots, because they were not used to the sound on neighbouring properties.

Safe gun use

Senior Sergeant David Tierney said:

  • Gun owners should consider using a target and a wall on their properties to stop stray arrows or bullets
  • People should not use weapons under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even on their own properties
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