A man who tried to sell a sawn-off rifle was told there was no legal reason to own a sawn-off gun when he was sentenced to 18-months' jail on Monday.
Michael James Warrender, 51, of Frost Street, tried to sell the weapon for $400 but was talked down and initially said he wouldn't sell it for less than $350.
He also told a co-accused that he wouldn't part with the sawn-off rifle and the buyer would have to come to him or he'd go with it to avoid it being taken before money exchanged hands.
Having a shortened firearm has only one purpose to injure or maim a human being or threaten them.Magistrate David Day
However at 2.20pm Warrender and the co-accused met at a car park in Summer Street where they sold the sawn-off 0.22 calibre rifle for $250 in addition to 50 0.22 calibre rounds and a shotgun shell.
Although the supply was a one-off according Warrender's criminal record, magistrate David Day gave him a 13-month non-parole period after giving him a 25 per cent discount for an early guilty plea.
"Having a shortened firearm has only one purpose to injure or maim a human being or threaten them," Mr Day said.
Warrender was arrested and refused bail for the supply on March 21, 2019, and his jail sentence was back-dated to then. He could be paroled on April 20, 2020.
Although he was sentenced in Orange Local Court, the charge was prosecuted by the Department of Public Prosecution, which usually prosecute matters in the district court.
"He goes into this agreement fully aware of his actions," the prosecutor said.
"[It's] a highly antisocial form of offence that affects the safety of all the community.
"Nothing but full-time in custody is required."
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