BIKIES from the smallest motorcycle club in
Victoria have lost an appeal to get their guns and cancelled licences
back from Victoria Police.
The Victorian Firearms Appeal Committee have upheld a
decision by police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay to revoke seven of nine Tramps
MC members firearms licences under a ``fit and proper person test’’.
The Tramps are a small motorcycle club in Wangaratta with
a fluctuating membership base of between nine and 13 members.
The committee ruled in favour of one applicant, Craig
Norton, who is no longer a Tramps member and sells guns from his outdoor
adventure shop, revoking Mr Lay’s decision.
Another Tramps member withdrew his application because he
was prohibited a person to have a firearms licence.
But the committee found that although the Tramps were not
necessarily an outlaw motorcycle gang, their association with those gangs,
such as the Hells Angels, was ``inappropriate’’.
Tramps president, Ron Harding, is a friend of Hells Angel
Ray Hamment Jnr.
Seven Tramps members will have to appeal to VCAT to
continue the fight.
In August last year about 120 registered guns were seized
during raids at properties across the state.
Gang members whose houses were searched included patched
bikies from the Hells Angels, Bandidos, Rebels, Comancheros, Bros, Gypsy
Jokers, Finks, Tramps and Coffin Cheaters.
Members from other motorcycle clubs are also appealing to
get their guns returned.
Some of the Tramps applicants were present when the Hells
Angels and other bikie gang members attacked members of the Diablos in
Melton in March this year.
None of the Tramps members who witnessed the incident on
March 1 reported it to police.
Later that night Bandidos national Sergeant-at-Arms Toby
Mitchell was shot by Hells Angels in an ambush outside the Diablos