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Western Australia. 1973 ‘General Offences.’ Firearms Act 1973 (Version 05-00-00, reprinted under the Reprints Act 1984 as at 13 February 2015); Section 23. Perth: State Law Publisher. 18 October
23. General offences
(5) A person who, without lawful excuse, —
(a) defaces or alters any number or identification mark on a firearm;
(b) is in possession of a firearm whereon any number or identification mark, whether or not a number or mark recorded on the licence or permit relating thereto, has been altered or defaced; or
(c) alters a firearm —
(i) from the design or characteristics of its original manufacture; or
(ii) so that its calibre, character or kind differs from what it was when any current licence or permit relating to it was issued,
or is in possession of a firearm that has been so altered,
commits a crime and is liable —
(d) if the firearm concerned was a handgun or was modified in a prescribed manner, on conviction, to imprisonment for 7 years; or
(e) otherwise, on conviction to imprisonment for 4 years or a fine of $16000….
(9) A person who, —
(a) whilst carrying, or in actual physical possession of, or having the custody or control otherwise than by way of storage of, any firearm or ammunition, fails or omits to take all reasonable precautions to ensure its safe keeping; or….
(d) being responsible for the storage of any firearm or ammunition, fails —
(i) to provide and use adequate storage facilities to ensure its safety; or
(ii) where prescribed requirements as to security are specified in relation to a firearm or ammunition of a prescribed kind, to ensure that those requirements are observed; or
(iii) otherwise, to safeguard it from loss or improper use; or
(e) being responsible for the storage of any firearm or ammunition, refuses to permit a member of the Police Force to inspect the storage facilities provided, at a reasonable time after such an inspection is requested in writing by the member of the Police Force,
commits an offence….