A long-standing bikie gang member has won back
the right to have a gun licence after a NSW tribunal accepted he had resigned
from the Gladiators, a move that police contended was not genuine.
In ruling that Jimmy Newman was a fit and
proper person to hold a firearm licence, the Civil and Administrative Tribunal
on Monday found he was "somewhat naive and probably ill-advised" to have
associated himself with the club and its members since about 2002.
"I recommend that he give serious
consideration to not renewing his association with members or associates of any
OMCG (outlaw motor cycle gang), whether or not those persons have similar
interests to him, such as fishing or motorcycle riding," said senior tribunal
member, Norman Saul Isenberg.
Mr Newman, whose criminal history consists of
three spent drink-driving matters with the latest occurring in 1999, had
challenged the revocation of his firearms licence, held since 1989.
The category AB licence, for recreational
hunting/vermin control, was revoked in June 2016, after a Police Commissioner
delegate deemed him "no longer a fit and proper person", relying on his
A detective told the tribunal that he knew of
no evidence of Mr Newman being involved in any criminal activity in the 14 or 15
years he had been involved with the Gladiators, let alone serious organised
But "it remained his opinion that Mr Newman
was likely to be involved in such activities as part of his membership", Mr
At the start of the September 2017 hearing,
the tribunal was told Mr Newman had resigned from the club the previous month
and handed back his club colours and associated clothing.