Originally Posted by trebark
Ouch! sorry to hear about your troubles.
Living here in the US, we do not have the troubles you're having. I have a safe full of guns here ranging from 22lr to 300RUM in rifle and 9mm to 44mag in pistols and the government doesn't know about any of them.
Hopefully another Aussie will chime in with something more helpful.
Move to the U.S.??
Wrong. I take it you live in a glass house. They already know what you have and if they don't know exactly what you have, you have probable cause by posting what you just posted.
If Obama's socialistic government comes to fruition, they will be stopping by your place with a probable cause search and seizure warrant or perhaps nothing at all. Just we want to search your premises Mr. Trebark (or whatever your legal name is and I don't really care) because they have reasonable suspicion and you've confirmed that.... (This is a high traffic firearm related forum so it's most likely spot monitored by big brother...)
Everything I own is registered, cataloged, insured and locked up. It has to be, I possess an FFL and a CCW. I know the rules and the consequences for violating the rules.
Your comment 'move to the U.S. is misleading. True, this is one of the very few civilized countries on this globe that allows individuals to possess multiple firearms in any caliber they choose to (excepting full automatic weapons and heavy military hardware like missiles and warheads) Thats in a decidedly downhill trajectory...
Back in the day (not too long ago), Australia had basically the same per capita gun ownership as we did (back then) but the government thought it more prudent that the citizens surrendered their Firearms (which they did) and then the government put binding restrictions in place (which is exactly whats occurring here).
So, the folks in Oz only have themselves to blame...
and our complacency will get us in the same boat before long but thats for another day.