“Ordinarily people might turn a blind eye here and there but not when it’s life and death. We are in a pandemic. It’s life and death. To compromise someone else’s safety, that’s inexcusable.”
“The word disappointing doesn’t really cut it, does it?
“Everybody’s trying so hard to stick to the rules, everybody’s trying so hard to do the right thing and then to have people behave in that way is beyond belief.
“There are a number of question marks and the organisation doesn’t do itself any service by having players acting that way.”
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the community response to the incidents was appropriate. Police will allege Mitchell, whose three weapons have been seized and his gun licence cancelled, gave a firearm to somebody not authorised to use it.
“We took swift action in terms of the most serious breaches of the law which were firearms breaches and I think that’s important from the community confidence perspective,” he said.
“How they’re judged by the community has probably been harshly and I think that’s appropriate. As the Premier said, everyone’s making sacrifices at the moment and I think people have the right to be disappointed.”