An Australian man has had his four guns confiscated by police over concern that in his firearms license photo, he is wearing a colander on his head and may not be mentally fit to own weapons.
Thirty-year-old Guy Albon says that the colander is "significant to his religion" and that he should not have to undergo any psychological tests, according to AdelaideNow.com.au.
Albon, a "Pastafarian," belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He said he was able to convince the firearms office attendant that the noodle strainer was "a religious head piece." He added that she seemed slightly confused but photographed him anyway.
Albon explains the scenario:
When I lined up for the picture — I popped it on my head and I told her I’m Pastafarian. She looked at me a little perplexed and I explained it to her and she was quite impressed and said she would like to look into it. I’m hoping she became a member actually.
A psychiatrist has confirmed that he is safe to own firearms but the license has been destroyed and he will be required to get a new one, sans colander.
“I was told I was mentally competent and I have never misused my guns or intend to do so. So it’s a real kick in the guts that I was told if I went to get another photo with the colander, my guns would once again be confiscated," Albon said.
Since Albon's "fun" was taken away from his firearm license photo, he has vowed to wear the colander for his upcoming driver's license renewal. He said, "What are they going to do, take my car away?"