Anthony Panozzo of Maroochydore is protesting about the new gun shop Maroochydore Guns & Ammo on Aerodrome Road which was opened two months ago.
Anthony Panozzo of Maroochydore is protesting about the new gun shop Maroochydore Guns & Ammo on Aerodrome Road which was opened two months ago. Kristy Muir

Man marches against new Maroochydore gun shop

AT FIRST glance Anthony Panozzo might not look like a man who takes life too seriously.

But if there is one thing that gets his blood boiling, it is guns.

The 59-year-old took to the streets yesterday to protest the recent opening of a new store, Maroochydore Guns and Ammo.

He walked 5.5km from Maroochydore to Mooloolaba, past the Aerodrome Rd business, carrying a sign reading "No Guns for Maroochy" and "Guns Kill".

The smiling and passionate Maroochydore resident of 30 years said thousands of Americans died every year in gun-related incidents.

"If I don't protest, who will?" he said.

"We don't live in America, it's Australia - let's try to keep it that way.

"The gun shop needs to be closed down - they have no business being there."

Maroochydore Guns and Ammo owner Paul Hart said the store was a legitimate, compliant and regulated business.

Mr Hart, who opened the store two months ago, was welcomed and supported by rifle and pistol clubs and licensed arms enthusiasts.

But the former security manager for Armaguard said he realised not everyone would be happy the store had come to the area, but it was not the first gun store on the Coast.

There are several gun-related stores across the region, including at Tinbeerwah, Nambour and Pomona.

"People can voice their opinions if they want," Mr Hart said.

"Approximately 7% of adults (in Queensland) are licensed firearm owners.

"(There was a) reasonable need for the shop."



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