Labor is following the disarmament instructions from the communist-run United Nations
FIREARMS Licensing matters being appealed to the Queensland Civil Administration Tribunal (QCAT) have more then tripled this year alone, costing applicants and Queensland Police more than an estimated $4m in legal fees and expenses.
Research undertaken by Shooters Union Australia shows there are currently more than 500 firearms licensing matters before the tribunal as of March 2021 – compared to the approximately 200 in the entire period from 2009 to December 2020.
Shooters Union Australia president Graham Park said the situation was completely unprecedented and a number of the cases involved the organisation’s members.
“We’ve never seen anything like it, and it’s only getting worse,” he said.
“We have seen members having licence applications or renewals rejected for things which weren’t an issue even late last year, including one member who had had a Primary Producer’s licence for many years until Weapons Licensing suddenly decided they didn’t earn enough from the business and initially refused their renewal.
“The majority of issues we are helping our members with relate to licensing issues due to unrelated matters such as traffic offences, or historical misdemeanours with no relevance today.
Mr Park said Shooters Union research and analysis indicated the combined costs to applicants and Queensland Police Service was, conservatively, likely to be north of $4m this year alone.
“The solicitors representing our members advise us a fairly straightforward QCAT matter’s legal costs start at around $4000-$6000 for the applicant, and Weapons Licensing Branch’s costs would be at least that as well, since they have to pay lawyers too.
“Add in the various administrative costs for QCAT as well as the tribunal’s time and it is a truly worrying sum of money needlessly being spent because Weapons Licensing are choosing to make law-abiding firearms users lives difficult.”
He said the issue stemmed from a Queensland Audit Office report in Weapons Licensing Branch, which appeared to blame the state’s 200,000-plus law-abiding shooters for police administrative issues.
Mr Park said what was particularly frustrating was the apathy being shown by so many politicians to the whole situation.
“If the Department of Transport started refusing to renew driver’s licences because they didn’t think you needed a 4WD, or that you couldn’t be trusted with a car because you were in a pub fight as a teenager and made people spend millions of dollars fighting them in QCAT to get their driver’s licence, it’d be national news and the Minister for Main Roads and Transport would be facing calls to resign over the issue,” he said.
“That’s exactly what’s happening for law-abiding firearms users in Queensland and entirely too many people are just shrugging and saying ‘oh well’, and it’s simply not OK.
“Two MPs have already asked Questions On Notice in parliament about this issue so it’s not going away, and the sooner it gets sorted out, the better for everyone.”
by Jim O’Toole, Townsville Bureau
A DEEPLY flawed and mishandled audit of the Queensland Police Service Weapons Licensing Branch is the direct cause of this week’s data breach, according to the state’s leading pro-shooting organisation.
More than 1000 gun owners accidentally had their e-mail addresses shared visibly when a police officer sending a mass e-mail to shooters in the Moreton police district forgot to put the details in the “BCC” field.
The incident made national headlines amidst concerns the security of thousands of firearms had been compromised by the error.
Shooters Union Australia President Graham Park said the incident was a direct result of a recent audit of the Weapons Licensing branch by the Queensland Audit Office, which was regarded as deeply flawed by the shooting community.
“This audit report, and in particular its recommendations, totally ignored the real issues facing the state’s Weapons Licensing Branch and firearms regulation framework, ignored the input of shooting organisations and firearms dealers, and instead blamed licensed, law-abiding shooters for police internal issues,” he said.
“It’s clear that in the wake of the audit, front-line and operational police are taking heat from management and political sources and being pushed to appear as if they are coming down on gun owners.
“That’s created a situation where, among other things, police feel compelled to e-mail more than a thousand licensed gun owners to remind them of firearm security matters, as part of an effort to appear proactive and ‘doing something’ about managing firearms in the state.
“As we’ve seen, it only took an unintentional and easily made, but potentially devastating, error to compromise the data and security of a thousand gun owners – all in the name of politically motivated busywork.”
Mr Park said Shooters Union had conducted its own investigation and the information available clearly showed the mishandled audit had sparked this incident.
“There is no doubt in our minds this data breach is directly related to the Audit,” he said.
“Everything we know about how the Weapons Licensing software works indicates it was only a matter of time before an event like this happened, and this flawed Audit has been the primer that’s set it off.”
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The Labor Party has no answers and for Labor candidates north of Rockhampton to be re-elected suggests to us Dominion and China indeed had a hand in the Queensland election result.
After all the Labor Party sent the Queensland Electoral roll to China three months before the election.
AN E-mail bungle by Queensland Police has exposed the personal details of hundreds of the
state’s licensed firearm owners, sparking security concerns being raised by one of
Queensland’s peak pro-shooting organisations.
A police officer in the Moreton Police District, encompassing parts of the Moreton Bay
region, sent an e-mail to more than 350 licensed gun owners on Wednesday, advising them
to ensure their firearms security was in order following a series of break-ins in the region.
However, the sender did not hide the recipient’s e-mail addresses, meaning every single
person who received the e-mail also received the names and e-mail addresses of the other
Shooters Union Queensland president Graham Park said while it might sound like a
harmless error of the type anyone could make, it could have extremely serious
“Thanks to this error, the details of several hundred licensed gun owners have been
exposed including their names and e-mail addresses,” he said.
“It might not sound like much, but that alone is enough for someone with criminal intent to
start piecing together the location of hundreds of firearms in the area.”
Moreton District Officer Superintendent John Hallam said investigations showed human error was the cause of the breach of more than 1,200 email addresses.
“The email address of the licensed weapon holders was placed in the ‘to’ line of the email as opposed to the blind copy line,” he said.
“It was an honest mistake — there’s been nothing to indicate the officer did it for any other reason.
“The officer did endeavour to recall the email as soon as she realised what the error was but unfortunately that was unsuccessful.”
Mr Hallam acknowledged the concern from the shooting community.
“I accept that the error is unacceptable. I understand how it occurred but it is unacceptable,” he said.
“I understand there is a level of concern amongst the people that their personal details have been sent out.
“What was sent out was their email address and their email address only and it went to other licensed weapons holders.”
Shooters Union president Graham Park said the error cast more doubt on the firearm registry system in Queensland.
“This system is supposed to be a highly secure system,” he said.
Mr Park said while gun owners were, by legislation and their nature, among the very most
trustworthy and law-abiding people in the community, an additional concern was how the
information came to be mishandled in the first place.
“It seems a lot like all these e-mail addresses were somehow put in a spreadsheet or text
document or something like that, then copied into an e-mail address field,” he said.
“The fact there’s an option in the firearms management software to mass-extract e-mail
addresses is a gigantic security flaw that raises extremely serious questions about the
integrity of the firearms registry system in Queensland as a whole.
“What other data can be pulled out easily and transferred elsewhere?”
Shooters Union Australia has contacted the Police Minister requesting the situation be resolved – not just with an apology and a shrug, but a commitment to fix the issues and
ensure affected shooters are protected and compensated if they suffer any adverse affects
from the breach.
“The irony is one of the advice items from the police to licence-holders in the e-mail was
‘Don’t make it public knowledge that you possess firearms’,” Mr Park said.
“That’s now off the table for those several hundred gun owners, all because of a situation
outside their control and which shouldn’t have happened in the first place.”