Another fa­tal­ity at shoot­ing com­plex

SIM­I­LAR­I­TIES TO LAST IN­CI­DENT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Belmont - Michele Nu­gent

A BEL­MONT business owner who com­plained to WA Po­lice in Au­gust after a self-in­flicted fa­tal­ity at the nearby Lone Ranges Shoot­ing Com­plex has ex­pressed anger and frus­tra­tion that another death has oc­curred at the Robin­son Av­enue fa­cil­ity.

WA Po­lice are pre­par­ing a re­port for the State Coro­ner fol­low­ing what they have de­scribed as the sud­den death of a 56-year-old Tuart Hill man at the Bel­mont com­plex on Oc­to­ber 16, two months after a 37-year-old man died in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances on Au­gust 9.

“An in­de­pen­dent range safety of­fi­cer in­spects such ranges to en­sure com­pli­ance with safety reg­u­la­tions. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion specif­i­cally re­gard­ing the Bel­mont range can­not be re­leased at this time, as this will form part of the Coro­nial in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” a state­ment from WA Po­lice said last Fri­day.

Com­plex owner Brad Yates said he made on­go­ing safety im­prove­ments to his fa­cil­ity and apart from this year had not had any other in­ci­dents for 12 years.

Nearby business owner David Fal­coner said the re­sponse he re­ceived to con­cerns he emailed to Po­lice Li­cens­ing Ser­vices (Firearms) in Au­gust was a “brush off”.

“They ba­si­cally said ev­ery­thing was fine. It’s not fine though, is it?” he said.

Mr Fal­coner said solo first­time shoot­ers with no firearms li­cence should not be al­lowed to use live am­mu­ni­tion there.

“I am con­cerned at the safety of the com­plex. Sev­eral deaths and in­juries have oc­curred while we have been business own­ers,” Mr Fal­coner’s email to po­lice read.

An Au­gust 26 re­ply email from Con­sta­ble Alex Timms from Po­lice Li­cens­ing Ser­vices (Firearms) said “the Com­pli­ance Team ac­com­pa­nied by our OIC went there (to Lone Ranges) last week to ad­dress your is­sues and con­duct an au­dit of their business”.

“A list of items that re- quired at­ten­tion in­cluded your con­cerns of the safety teth­er­ing de­vices used and the proof of age re­quire­ments,” the re­ply read.

“To­mor­row the Com­pli­ance Team will be re­turn­ing there to en­sure (the) list of is­sues have been ad­dressed.

“I vis­ited their premises sev­eral months ago and noted that man­age­ment are ac­tive in ad­dress­ing their main­te­nance pro­gram. At the time they were up­dat­ing the de­flec­tor steel at the back of the range and so de­spite what has oc­curred re­cently, I can say they were con­scious of and will­ing to con­form with their safety obli­ga­tions.”

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Neigh­bours are con­cerned about safety stan­dards.

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