Originally Posted by RobF
That's the drill down philosophy that I think would apply. There's a world of difference between having a loaded rifle, on the seat next to you under a coat, or a full mag in your pocket, stopped driving down a back lane at 3am, and travelling to and from your club, with the rifle empty and bagged with empty mags.
Correct. The loaded or unloaded relates to the need for a reasonable excuse in all circumstances and makes it clear that an excuse is required even if unloaded and 'safe'. But the excuse needs to be reasonable in the context of the rifles state. The point the clause is making is that even if unloaded you still need a reasonable excuse. If it's loaded you still need a reasonable excuse. All reasonable excuses for having a loaded rifle will be valid for an unloaded rifle but not vice versa.
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