WA Drugs and Unregistered Firearms - Likely Penalty?

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26 May 2015
How much jail time would someone be looking at getting caught with drugs (70 grams of ice) and 5 unregistered guns or firearms?

Sarah J

Well-Known Member
16 July 2014
Melbourne, Victoria
Hi Scott88,

It is not possible for tell you what likely sentence you will get for offences because sentencing considers a number of factors, including:
  • Maximum sentence of that offence
  • If you're charged with more than one offence, whether the judge wishes to sentence you concurrently (serving offences together) or cumulatively (serving offences one after the other)
  • Your prior criminal history
  • Your age
  • Your conduct at trial
  • Whether you pleaded guilty, and if so, at which stage of trial
  • Your conduct during police investigation
  • Your personal background, your family circumstances, any dependants, any explanations for you committing the offences etc.
As you can see from the list, we don't have enough information from you to assist on your sentencing. This list is not exhaustive and the judge may have consideration for any other factors (e.g. policy).

As for the maximum sentences, it's best to look at the sentence for drugs and that for firearms separately.

Drugs depend on:
  • Type of illegal drugs (ice)
  • Whether it was pure or mixed
  • Quantity of each type of drug (if mixed) and whether it was above trafficking/supply levels
  • Therefore, whether you're charged with just possession, trafficking or supply for drugs and whether trafficking is of a commercial or non-commercial level
For drugs, see "Drugs - father charged with trafficking". Note, this thread concerns Victorian legislation. However, the way drugs are classified and how sentencing for drugs is broken down is fairly similar across states and territories.

For the firearms, what charge is the police pursuing exactly?

Firearms are governed by the Firearms Act 1973 (WA). Section 19 of the Act states that the maximum sentence for a person in possession of 3 or more unlicensed firearms is 10 years imprisonment (s 19(1)(b)), or 14 years if they attempt to sell it (s 19(1aa)).