First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the gun owners and I did not speak because I handed mine in
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
from pastor Niemoller
KATTER CALLS FOR CONSULTATION AS NFA REVIEW LEAVES MUCH TO BE DESIRED
With the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) set to be discussed at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting very soon, Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) has publically echoed the concerns of sporting shooters calling for licensed firearm owners to be included in the “biggest gun laws reform since the Howard era”.
Queensland KAP state leader Rob Katter publically slammed the lack of involvement of licensed firearm owners, farmers and key stakeholders in the NFA review to date, urging for a more consultative approach in any further discussions. “The shooting community are always trying to work with the government, we cannot continue to let such a significant portion of the rural population be ostracised,” said Mr Katter. “As we have made very clear in the past, we will be doing everything within our power to ensure appropriate consultation around these laws takes place. We don’t want to see the government place any unnecessary restrictions against law abiding gun owners, sportsmen and women.”
The KAP has also led the charge in calling for the former Queensland Weapons Advisory Panel to be reinstated, which existed as a ministerial consultation body under the Beattie, Bligh and Newman Governments. Fellow KAP MP Shane Knuth moved a motion in the Queensland Parliament on March 17 specifically calling for the Weapons Advisory Panel to be reinstated. The SSAA and other likeminded groups would have been a part of this panel. The motion was unfortunately disallowed.
SSAA Queensland President Michael Pommer said it was extremely disappointing that the government appeared disinterested in even considering reinstating the panel, especially due to the complete lack of consultation with key stakeholders and sporting shooters under the minority Labor Government. “The lack of consultation to date has been extremely disappointing and, as the largest group representing sporting shooters and hunters in Queensland, we have a lot to bring to the table in terms of evidence-based policy discussions,” he said. “We applaud the efforts of the KAP in their attempts to reinstate the panel and will continue to call on the government to include us in any discussions that will affect our sport and chosen pastime.”
With the NFA review officially commencing following a recommendation from the Martin Place Siege inquiry, any changes to the NFA floated at COAG would have transpired in a little more than a year since the joint Commonwealth-New South Wales siege report was handed down. While SSAA National has been included in the review through meetings of the Firearms Industry Reference Group, chaired by Justice Minister Michael Keenan, some state police ministers haven’t been as consultative, such as the case in Queensland.
SSAA National President Geoff Jones will be meeting with the Minister in the coming weeks and the SSAA-LA will bring you all the latest details, including any decisions made, as the information comes to hand.
“Our members can rest assured that we have made it crystal clear to the Minister that any changes resulting in further onerous restrictions on law-abiding firearm owners in a Federal Election year will be noted,” said Geoff. “Furthermore, as part of our election coverage, members and the broader firearms community will be kept informed on any issues relating to our sport and where each political party stands as we head to the ballot boxes, whenever that may be.”
SSAA President Geoff Jones laments, “…any changes resulting in further onerous restrictions on law-abiding owners in a Federal election year will be noted…” A typical wishy washy statement from the SSAA.
Jones should be telling all political parties the SSAA will campaign against them and target marginal electorates particularly in the regions instead of having two bob each way. The SSAA lost its way 20 years ago and has done nothing for shooters since then. Editor, and former member.
from Courier Mail and cairnsnews.org
QUEENSLAND schoolgirls are picking up guns in record numbers
Schoolgirls have warned the idiot of the anti-gun lobby Roland Browne to get a life.
Recreation and competition shooting associations are reporting a surge in junior members, particularly girls, a trend that is firing up Gun Control Australia which is pushing for a ban on under-18s handling firearms.
If the idiot of the anti-gunners, Roland Browne placed a kilogram of black powder in his ear it wouldn’t blow the wax out of his head!
The Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia has several thousand Queensland children as members and president Geoff Jones reports a recent spike in girls’ involvement.
There is a similar trend in competition shooting. In 2010, 18 per cent of Queensland Target Shooters juniors were female. This year one third are girls. In Queensland, kids aged 11 and over can obtain a minor’s gun licence.
Gun Control Australia has urged a Senate inquiry into firearms to lift the legal age to 18, a move that shooting bodies and parents warn will end Australia producing elite shooting champions.
“The reason why so many parents are happy to have their kids involved is because they see the rigid safety protocol,” Mr Jones said. “We have a great reputation for safety in Australia and we are reaping the rewards of that in junior participation. There is only one live round in the gun, kids use age appropriate weapons – no semi-automatics – and there are step-by-step safety rules.”