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Stupid Austrailians

Saturday, May 26, 2007
So I came across this article which - at the beginning - was somewhat humorous. It seems that this fellow down under was on his way to a 30th Anniversary Star Wars gathering and was packing around a replica of Han Solo's blaster in his backpack. Apparently some dimwit thought it might be a real gun and called the police, who "was surrounded by armed police, forced to the ground and handcuffed."

And this might end as a funny story to tell your friends about "that silly thing that happened when I was on my way to the Star Wars convention", except for the last line of the article:
"Police said despite being a harmless replica and a close match to a weapon from a galaxy far, far away, the man would be charged with possessing an unregistered firearm."
By far the dumbest thing to come out of a country that thinks we're stupid. I mean, there was no firearm! It was a toy! How in God's name could they charge him with possessing an unregistered firearm when he clearly didn't have one?!? I'd love to be at the trial, and hope any decent judge could see what happened, laugh, and then fine whoever's pressing charges for wasting time and resources. Seriously, this sort of insanity causes me to fear for the future of humanity...

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