Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asking for him to intervene before Tasmania’s re-elected Liberal Government frees up the State’s gun laws.
Two days before the Tasmania election, the Liberals dropped a grenade – that if they won government they would amend the tough and ineffective laws to allow farmers and sporting shooters access to semi-auto rifles and shotguns.
However the Liberal Government had been in secret discussions with farming groups and the shooting lobby for six weeks prior to the election.
The glaring elephant in the room, is the bona fides of the Port Arthur massacre. The people’s court after dissecting the overwhelming evidence to the contrary has decided Martin Bryant did not shoot any person at the Broad Arrow Café – he was miles away at the time of the shooting. His mother and two other witnesses who knew Martin confirmed this fact with investigators yet none was called to give evidence to Tasmania Police.
The so-called National Firearms Agreement has no effect in law, it is only an agreement between the States because the Commonwealth cannot legislate firearms law for the States.
If any State wishes to amend their respective gun laws they can do so with impunity. When the Queensland National Party Government in 1997 said it would not enact the pre-packaged gun laws presented by the Federal Government, PM John Howard threatened to withhold Commonwealth money from the State.
The Nationals leader Rob (Bubbles) Borbidge buckled and pushed the new laws through Parliament.
Shorten, soon to be deposed by Anthony Albanese, is barking up the wrong tree, because the Tasmania Liberals can tell him to go to hell where he belongs.
Likewise Turnbull would be a fool to intervene, but in any case there is nothing he can do. Premier Will Hodgman needs all the support he can get. Cairns News urges Tasmanian readers to phone Will Hodgman and give him support over the proposed changes to the gun laws.
He should take notice because it was the gun lobby which got his government over the line.
Yesterday, after the usual pressure from the ABC, Mr Hodgman said the amendments would be put before a committee to examine the effects and if they would contravene the national agreement.
Bob Katter took part in a recent western shoot at the Mareeba SSAA range. He joked that this might be the best way to bring the banks into line. Bob says KAP is the only party in Queensland that wants to do away with firearms registration which has been a long-held policy. Bob spent some time shooting at the range with pistol, rifle and shotgun. His pistol ability did not go unnoticed by the club. They want him to come back for a day’s competition. The veteran politician warns that if the Labor Party gets re-elected in Queensland with a majority, the state’s 600,000 shooters will be faced with restrictions on ammunition sales and even tighter restrictions on gun ownership. He says the ALP and LNP simply hate guns.
There is nothing ‘illegal’ about these rather mundane rifles.
Monday 5.30pm 31 July 2017 no later than 5 pm is the closing of submissions to gun law changes projected to be introduced by September. This is nothing but smoke screen to cover the endemic daily shooting with illegal guns on the streets of NSW that authorities cannot control and will only affect law abiding shooters.
THE REGULATORY IMPACT STATEMENT PROCESS
The Subordinate Legislation Act 1989 provides that regulations are to be automatically repealed five years after commencement. The repeal of the Firearms Regulation 2006 (FR) has been previously postponed and is now due to be repealed on 1 September 2017 unless remade. The Weapons Prohibition Regulation 2009 (WPR) is being remade at the same time on the basis that it closely mirrors the provisions in the FR.
The issues canvassed in this RIS do not represent the final Government position on the amendments, but provide an opportunity for discussion with firearms stakeholders, law enforcement agencies and the general community.
Comments should be directed to the RIS or the terms of the current Regulations.
The Government will use your submissions and feedback to develop a FR and WPR to meet the requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989.
To consider the public accept that “NSW Commissioner of Police” will have time to review moderation of the suggested changes left to a public servant with a rubber stamp who may have a personal agenda to maintain. This suggested change (below) is farcical draft regulation hinging on one person’s satisfaction;
13 (3) The Commissioner may refuse to issue a permit authorising the possession or use of a firearm if the Commissioner is satisfied that the applicant intends to possess or use the firearm for personal protection or the protection of any other person or for the protection of property.
Take this opportunity to suggest amendments, refute amendments by reading the draft regulation document like the one mentioned above.
More agenda driven changes:
Forcing all hunters and private landowners to supply private personal details to New South Wales Police before being allowed to hunt on private land (clause 32, 34 Draft Firearms Regulations 2017).
Refusing a firearms license or permit even if someone is innocent of an offence under the Firearms Act (clause 11, 23 Draft Firearms Regulations 2017).
Squeezing law-abiding firearms dealers out of business through further regulation and restriction (clause 41 Draft Firearms Regulations 2017).
If enough submissions are made to this disarmament driven draft, we the law abiding people are being hit rather than targeting the unlicensed shooters and guns used in daily shootings by totally out of control ethnic crime gangs with law enforcement having no impact on the street battlegrounds of NSW.
Make your submission before 5pm next Monday 31 July as we see mirroring Adolf Hitlers agenda that disarmed Germany to remove any threat from the people to this Nazi party dictatorship, not forgetting United Nations policies with which our governments have aligned that require confiscation of all firearms.
Firearms prohibition regulation main site
The draft regulation
Government impact statement
Submissions close at 5pm on Monday, 31 July 2017.
Submissions can be made by email or post. Email is preferred. Posted submissions must reach the Office for Police by the close of submission date.
Office for Police, Department of Justice
GPO Box 5434
SYDNEY NSW 2001
Goodyear Tyres sack employee over irrational fear of guns
Typical police overreaction
A simple miscommunication cost David Waters, an award winning sporting shooter, his livelihood.
All because of an irrational fear of firearms in Australia.
David Waters worked for tyremaker Goodyear in Parramatta, New South Wales. Whilst working, he was contacted by a friend looking for advice about an accessory for a rifle. Unable to meet the friend that weekend, David Waters organised to meet his friend in the Goodyear parking lot during David’s lunch break. David assumed that the individual would bring only the rifle accessory to the meeting. However, in a simple case of miscommunication, she brought both the accessory and the rifle.
The parking lot was visible to the public, and police were alerted to the presence of the rifle. Sixteen police officers arrived at the scene.
David Waters did not break any laws and did not harm anyone. The only person adversely affected was David Waters. Waters was fired for jeopardizing the safety and security of his fellow employees and Goodyear assets.
This is a perfect example of how Australia’s fear of all things firearm related can lead to a man losing his livelihood over a simple miscommunication.
Senator Leyonhjelm was personally contacted by David Waters for help. He intervened with Goodyear in an effort to right this injustice, and raised the matter in parliament. You can watch Senator Leyonhjelm’s speech here In addition, Senator Leyonhjelm travelled to the USA and met with the NRA to outline Goodyear’s mistreatment of David Waters. The NRA subsequently wrote this article where they expressed their shock at how law-abiding firearm owners are treated in Australia.
Neither the NRA or the Liberal Democrats will take a backward step in protecting the rights of firearm owners. If you believe this is worthy of support, please consider joining the party or making a contribution. It will help ensure there are more Liberal Democrats in more parliaments.
Regards, Gabriel Buckley, National President Liberal Democrats http://www.ldp.org.au/
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.
E. Petition Please Sign Now. Share it to all of your friends and family.
All State and territory Police Ministers are being canvassed right now for their support to reclassify Lever Action firearms from Category A to Cat B, Cat B to Cat C and Cat D. If your firearm is reclassified to either Cat C or Cat D you will be forced to surrender it. By the legal mechanism of changing Categories instead of “banning” they are effecting the same result without paying compensation.
Print off a (Hard Copy) parliamentary petition form to fill in at your Gun shop, or shooting range and forwards it back by post, to Ron Owen at 24 Mc Mahon Rd, Gympie, 4570 before the 14th February 2016. So they can be delivered to the Queensland Parliament by MP Tony Perret. (Tony is sponsoring this petition)
Download the PDF petition [HERE].
IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY WRITTEN TO YOUR LOCAL MP, THERE’S STILL TIME! State MPs won’t be voting on this proposed legislation until next year.
You can see a list with contact details of all Queensland State MP’s here:
Federal MPs are deciding on policy NOW so please send all of them your thoughts by emailing them all at once. Write One letter and send it to all of them, just click the link below for the full list you can past in.
If you need any idea’s – PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE THIS LETTER.
Dear …………………..Member of Parliament.
I am totally dissatisfied with the un-democratic way in which the Labour Police Minister has failed to consult with the Firearms Owners of this state regarding adding further impositions to the ‘COAG’ National Firearm Agreements.
This blatantly dictatorial approach to government has caused great anger in the Firearms Community. A community, by the way, which represents over 15% of Queensland voters and is growing rapidly!
Our Members of Parliament, are supposed to consult and represent the will of the electorate to the House of Representatives.
We object to any further impositions on licensed firearm owners, or any reclassification of firearms categories and we pledge not to vote, ever again, for any Member of Parliament, or their political party that does!!!
……………………………. Full Name
DON’T FORGET TO PUT YOUR OWN ADDRESS DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM…….. IT WON’T BE ACCEPTED OTHERWISE!
If this petition is ignored, as is normally the case, never give up your guns. Tell them to come and get them! If 5000 common-law abiding citizens stood their ground there would be no more problems.
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.”
Queenslanders going for more gun licences, with 30 per cent increase in permits issued in past year
More Queenslanders are applying for firearms licences, according to new figures obtained by the ABC.
Documents released under Right to Information laws showed a steady increase in gun permit applications with more than 170,124 individual licence holders currently in possession of 566,427 firearms across the state.
The figures also show there are 49 people – excluding police, military and dealers – with more than 100 firearms each, up from 32 people in 2013.
Last year the number of gun licence applications increased by 30 per cent with 45,870 permits issued.
Permits issued by year
· 2010: 30,442
· 2011: 30,962
· 2012: 34,791
· 2013: 45,870
· 2014 (To July): 24,793
Part of the sharp rise was due to the State Government’s three-month weapons amnesty early last year, which saw 6,500 previously unregistered guns licensed in 2013.
The Queensland president of the Sporting Shooters Association Australia, Geoff Jones, said the association had seen a surge in new members.
“There’s certainly a spike in interest and an awareness that this is actually a legitimate sport and we are not criminals,” he said.
“We’ve been more proactive in promoting the positive aspects of what we do and getting the message out there that the sport is incredibly safe.
“Even we are a little bit surprised by the steady increase … but we have no reason to believe it won’t continue.”
Safety course enrolments on the rise
You’ll never ever find a shooter in the hospital. In over 100 years no-one has been accidentally injured on a firing range.
Chris Ray, Queensland Military Rifle Club president
Queensland Military Rifle Club (QMRC) president Chris Ray said there had also been an increase in safety course enrolments.
“All of the classes are absolutely booked out. We can only handle about 30 to 35 [people], and month after month, week after week, all of the classes are booked out,” he said.
“The people coming in are mostly in their 20s and 30s. I think they’ve had enough of television and video games, and they’re looking for something a bit more realistic, a bit more traditional.
“Hunting and shooting is a traditional Australian cultural pursuit and I think they’re turning back to these things.”
Mr Ray said shooting was one of the safest sports in the country.
“If you go into hospitals on the weekend you’ll find plenty of footballers, tennis players, all sorts of sporting people who’ve had accidents and hurt themselves,” he said.
Sporting Shooters Association Australia Queensland members
· June 2010: 45,713
· June 2011: 47,183
· June 2012: 49,484
· June 2013: 52,642
· June 2014: 57,855
· July 2014: 58,104
“You’ll never ever find a shooter in the hospital. In over 100 years no-one has been accidentally injured on a firing range.”
QMRC captain Peter Richards said the amount of time since the Port Arthur Massacre might have also played a role in the surge of numbers.
“Since 1996 and the subsequent issues around firearm ownership I think people have realised that guns aren’t as dangerous as what they’re made out to be in the media, and that’s what’s bringing a lot of people back,” he said.
No reason for more than 100 guns: Gun Control Australia
Gun control advocates said there was something wrong with a system that allowed individuals to accumulate more than 100 weapons.
Gun Control Australia chair Samantha Lee said there was no reason why anyone should be in possession of so many weapons, and Queensland gun laws needed to change.
I can see no reason why someone should be able to accumulate so many firearms within the community.
Gun Control Australia chairgirl Samantha Lee
“The way a person is allowed to get additional firearms is by showing that they need an additional firearm. It beggars belief as to why someone needs up to 10 or 100 firearms each,” she said.
“I can see no reason why someone should be able to accumulate so many firearms within the community.
“One has to note that these guns are then allowed to be stored in the home in a residential area.”
Ms Lee also criticised the Queensland Government’s decision to form a Ministerial Advisory Panel with the majority of members representing the gun lobby.
“This council membership is stacked of just pro-gun lobby members. It has no public health members, it has no domestic violence members, it has no members from the community who are concerned about firearms laws,” she said.
“It’s a bit like having tobacco company directors on a committee advising the government about tobacco.
“There’s a huge conflict of interest and unfortunately there’s a very cosy relationship in Queensland between the gun lobby and the Government.”
The Queensland Government said it was committed to cutting red tape for gun owners but had not watered down safety precautions.
Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the role of the panel was to discuss how “to reduce the red tape, delays and bureaucracy legitimate firearms users face when applying for a licence or new weapon”.
The Queensland Liberal National party has threatened law abiding gun owners with jail if they do not hand in unregistered firearms during the present amnesty. In December, Cairns News ran a story about the Liberals and their hate of guns. This blind stupidity follows the Port Arthur massacre, now conclusively proven to be a government sponsored psy-ops.
Firearms industry sources estimated post Port Arthur there were at least one million firearms in Queensland not handed in during the national mass confiscation and crushing of tens of millions of dollars worth of valuable guns ordered by then Liberal Prime Minister John Howard.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey, a former cop, told ABC radio only 310 firearms had been handed in. He insisted he will jail honest people or criminals if they do not cough up more of their valuable heirlooms, in many cases inoperable. The question need asking: which Queen or Crown does Jack represent? His corporate laws are only effective in the United States where his police department and the state government are registered as a corporation
The Liberal Party holds gun owners in such disdain that all legitimate registered gun owners are placed on the national criminal data base along with murderers and rapists.
As usual the Sporting Shooters Association and most other shooting bodies have been as handy as a hip pocket in a singlet ever since the Port Arthur operation.
Any gun owner who supports the ALP, Liberal or National Party deserves his fate. When hardened criminals such as bank robbers and outlaw bikies hand in their guns, others may follow. from Robert J Lee in Brisbane