Michael Mazur lost his gun licence after saying Malcolm Turnbull was a Jew. Photo: Andrew Meares Michael Mazur has lost his firearms licence after expressing extreme views about Israel. Photo: Pat Scala
A Melbourne “conspiracy theorist” who believes Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is secretly Jewish and that Islamic State is an Israeli front has failed in a legal fight to get his gun licence back.
Michael Mazur, 72, had his firearms licence cancelled by Victoria Police earlier this year and his weapon confiscated after expressing extreme anti-Semitic views about Israel being responsible for various terrorist attacks, including the Bali bombings.
The Vietnam veteran and retired radiographer, who lives in Sunbury, challenged the cancellation after it was upheld by the Firearms Appeals Committee, which found his “seemingly paranoid views” raised questions about his mental stability.
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal member Elisabeth Wentworth confirmed the decision to take away Mr Mazur’s gun licence earlier this month, as she was not satisfied he was a fit and proper person.
Mr Mazur had come to the attention of the Australian Federal Police after sending three emails to the Thai consulate in September 2015, stating that Israel was responsible for a bombing in Bangkok which killed 20 people.
During an interview with an AFP agent, Mr Mazur stood by his extreme views and went further, saying that Israel was behind all terrorism and bombings in the world, including the Port Arthur massacre and the Bali bombings.
In a later hearing at VCAT, Mr Mazur included World War I and World War II, as well as Islamic State as being Israel’s responsibility.
He had also sent a letter to the Prime Minister, stating that Mr Turnbull was Jewish and “under orders from Israel to disarm Australians so that Muslims can get guns from Israel and exterminate all Anglo-European Australians”.
As part of the decision to take away his licence, Mr Mazur refused requests to undertake a mental health check. Neither Victoria Police or the AFP considered Mr Mazur a direct threat and he has not been charged with any offence.
When contacted by Fairfax Media, Mr Mazur said he planned to appeal the decision to a higher a court and that the request for a psychological check was “insulting”.
He said the gun taken away was a .303 rifle, which was purchased in 1959.
“I am not threatening anyone, and they acknowledge that,” he said. “They have no reason to be persecuting me.”
While he conceded that a large majority of the community would find his views offensive, Mr Mazur said he stood by his belief in a global Israel conspiracy.
“Malcolm Turnbull is a Jew and he is acting on the instruction of Israel,” he said.
Ms Wentworth said that while Mr Mazur believed in “extreme conspiracy theories”, there were also concerns about how he had expressed his views and to whom.
Mr Mazur had made submission about the importance of freedom of speech in Australia, which Ms Wentworth said she took into account. However she said this did not extend to access to a gun.
“While Mr Mazur’s views may distress or cause some in the community to feel threatened, Australia is a democracy and people are allowed to hold opinions and views that others might disagree with or that others might think go too far,” she said.
“With some restraints, they are generally allowed to express their opinions and views. But not every person is allowed to own a firearm.”
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