An old country song cautions against taking your guns to town. That advice applies prudently to other weapons.
On 11 June 2017 a man went to attend a rally by an Australian neo-Nazi group known as the True Blue Crew. Victoria Police, anticipating conflict, had declared the area to be a “designated area”, giving them expanded search powers. The Control of Weapons Act 1990 (Vic.), §10G(1) states that –
A police officer may, without a warrant, stop and search a person, and search any thing in the possession of or under the control of the person for weapons, if the person and, if applicable, the thing are in a public place that is within a designated area.
The accused’s car was searched, with a flick-knife and knuckledusters being found. The report is slightly unclear but is appears he was charged with possessing a prohibited weapon in breach of §5AA of the Act.
The defendant pleaded guilty in the Dandenong Magistrates Court, claiming to have forgotten the weapons were in his vehicle.
Vandersteen M noted that the defendant suffered from a psychiatric condition, but also noted that he had a prior weapons conviction and was attending a rally by a racist organization. The defendant was sentenced to a 12 month good behaviour bond with a condition that he continue to receive psychiatric treatment.
Police v Martin (2018), Endeavour Hills, Hallam and Doveton Star-Journal, 23 April 2018, p.3