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Canberra gunmaker GC Precision Development’s bid to make Victoria Police guns shut down

A Canberra gunmaker’s bid to make rifles for Victoria Police has been shut down in a situation he has labelled “absurd”.

A specific ACT law, which does not exist in NSW, meant Gareth Crook was allowed to “possess” but not “use” silencers and folding stocks when making the rifles.

It meant the stocks and silencers were “nothing more than paperweights”, and he could not first test the weapons he would sell to Victoria Police.

Mr Crook challenged the decision not to award him permits to use the prohibited items in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

While the decision was concerned with the sensitive subject of gun laws, it highlights a situation, described by Mr Crook as “absurd”, that ACT gun makers cannot make guns for the law enforcement organisations that also call Canberra home.

Mr Crook was approached by the Victoria Police special operations group last year, asking his company GC Precision Development to trial precision bolt action rifles.

If the trial was successful, there would be an ongoing relationship with police with further testing and ongoing support for the weapons when needed.

It was potentially a big win for the gunmaker, only two years into his business.

But police asked for two elements that proved to be problematic: silencers and fully adjustable folding stocks, both of which are prohibited in the ACT.

Mr Crook applied for a permit to use both of them in his testing but was knocked back, instead told he could possess a certain number but not use them, drawing the “paperweight” argument at the tribunal.

He told the tribunal his company was considering making up to 5000 silencers for the Australian law enforcement, defence and pest control industries “… and that it is absurd and unreasonable that he cannot obtain a permit authorising him to test (meaning use) these suppressors in order to ensure their quality and suitability before supplying them to the market.”

This part of the issue has since disappeared, after the ACT government clarified laws around silencers – in part because shooters hired to cull kangaroos in the capital were using silencers.

In fact, one of Mr Crook’s arguments was that why contractors in roo culling programs were allowed to use silencers on their rifles for what he said were legitimate reasons, while he was not allowed for “equally legitimate albeit different” reasons.

The government lawyer acknowledged the inconsistency, the tribunal said use of suppressors by people who culled kangaroos was “probably” not legal.

“No one appreciated at the time suppressors were used to conduct the kangaroo cull that the use may not have been, and was probably not, in accordance with the law,” the tribunal wrote.

Mr Crook appealed the decision to not give him permits for silencers and stocks in the ACT Administrative and Civil Tribunal, but was knocked back.

While the tribunal’s president sympathised with Mr Crook, he said current laws meant the registrar was correct in not giving the gunmaker a permit.

Article written by Alexandra Black 4/7/16. Article first appeared on The Canberra Times website. Click here to read the article. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-gunmaker-gc-precision-developments-bid-for-victoria-police-shut-down-20160608-gpe2r1.html

Does rural Australia have a gun problem?

The recent multiple homicide in a small Victorian township, coming barely a month after a mass shooting in rural New South Wales, may give the impression that firearm-related murders in rural Australia are rampant.

It would be easy to attribute this to higher density of gun ownership in country areas relative to cities, particularly where farming is a dominant industry and firearms are “tools of the trade”. But understanding gun violence is not that simple.

Firearm homicide in Australia is an uncommon event, with around 35 deaths per year on average. That works out to between one and two out of every 10 assault-related deaths. Interestingly, a disproportionate number of firearm homicides tend to occur in New South Wales, where analyses have also shown that shooting offences occur more often in metropolitan than rural areas.

Article written by Samara McPhedran on the 28th of October 2014. Article first appeared at: https://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agriculture/general/opinion/does-rural-australia-have-a-gun-problem/2716045.aspx

Wild dogs kill 1000 sheep on Traprock property

EDITOR’S NOTE: Feral animals are a significant problem for farmers. If you’re having problems, made worse by the current gun laws, please send us a message to this page, or comment below. We need to highlight these problems to make sure we get more sensible laws.

TRAPROCK wool grower Sandy Smith says wild dogs have killed about $100,000 worth of sheep on his property Allendale at Gore in the past 12 months.

The loss comes despite the destruction of 14 of the canine menaces in past 12 months.

“At $100 a head including the wool that will not be shorn, the loss of 1000 sheep is obviously a very significant cost and one that cannot be sustained,” Mr Smith said.

ONE DOWN: Wal Lee, Avonleigh, Karara, and Sandy Smith, Allendale, Gore, with a sheep killing wild dog shot on Monday.

ONE DOWN: Wal Lee, Avonleigh, Karara, and Sandy Smith, Allendale, Gore, with a sheep killing wild dog shot on Monday.

“We have had a constant campaign of trapping, baiting and shooting but we are still being attacked by dogs.”

Their next step is to construct a 45km exclusion fence that will hopefully provide a high degree of protection to Allendale and four other properties.

“There aren’t a lot of choices in this war against wild dogs,” Mr Smith said, who is also the president of AgForce Sheep and Wool.

“Hopefully an exclusion fence will stop the dogs because nothing else seems to be working despite our best efforts.”

On Monday more than two dozen of Mr Smith’s neighbours gathered at Allendale to participate in a dog drive in an area of heavy timbered country near where a dog had recently been spotted.

Read more at: https://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/3952920/wild-dogs-kill-1000-sheep-on-single-property/?src=rss&utm_source=Queensland+Country+Life+Newsletters&utm_campaign=7424df93a8-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_31a8e03a4e-7424df93a8-114496073

Power Princess’ Mary firing a rifle

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many of our members would have fond memories of being army cadets, or learning shooting as part of other recreational clubs. Now, these activities get shouted down. It’s good to see a leader being trained in responsible firearm usage, and for anti-gun rhetoric to be called out for their double standards.
This article appeared on the Daily Mail Australia Website. | Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3628628/Princess-Mary-sparks-debate-Karl-Stefanovic-calls-anti-gun-campaigner-Lisa-Wilkinson-views-Princess-Mary-firing-weapon.html 

 

‘If that was a politician she’d be run out of town!’ Tensions run high on Today as Karl blasts Lisa’s ‘double standards’ over gun laws after she praises ‘Power Princess’ Mary firing a rifle

  • Today show co-hosts Karl and Lisa have argued over Princess Mary
  • The Danish Princess was pictured using a gun in an army drill on Monday
  • Karl accused Lisa of double standards over her views on gun laws
  • Lisa and husband Peter Fitzsimons have been big anti-gun campaigners

Have their differences in pay created underlying tension between Today show hosts Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson?

That’s what viewers were left asking after the presenting duo found themselves arguing on Tuesday mornings, over, of all things, a Crown Princess Mary story published by Daily Mail Australia on Monday.

The breakfast TV stars debated whether it was appropriate for the usually elegant Danish Princess to be dressed in camouflage, combat boots and holding a gun while doing drills with the Danish National Guard.

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3628628/Princess-Mary-sparks-debate-Karl-Stefanovic-calls-anti-gun-campaigner-Lisa-Wilkinson-views-Princess-Mary-firing-weapon.html#ixzz4BEHZJftO

Handgun use is still needed by primary producers

PRIMARY producers lobbied hard in the 60’s and again in the 90’s for handguns to be legally used for their work.

With a lot of consultation, the allowance for category H handguns to be used was not put out there on a whim or done lightly, it was done because of the need.

There was a need then and Agforce media spokesman on firearms Graham Park says there is a continuing need now.

But the usage of handguns have has come into question after State Member for Rockhampton and Minister for Police Bill Byrne made comments saying “(the) idea of the lone cowboy, with the pistol strapped to the hip as an effective weapon in an agricultural application simply doesn’t cut it with me” and supported his comments saying he had “genuine conversations with leaders of the agricultural community”.

Mr Byrne’s comments caused quiet quite the stir among in the agricultural community and have angered many producers.

Mr Park said Agforce had two separate issues with the comments made.

“First, the lone cowboys comment. Agforce finds the comments regarding characterising primary producers as lone cowboys as deeply offensive and uncalled for and we do not believe the minister has enough experience in the area of primary production to comment personally on the viability of the use of different fire arms in an agricultural environment,” he said.

“Secondly, Agforce president Grant Moorsely has repeatedly advised that no one within Agforce has had any meaningful consultation with the minister on this issue prior to those comments.

“We’re severely disappointed that despite the minister’s supposed calling of a firearms consultation forum it has not happened.”

There is concern among primary producers on health and safety in the industry going backwards as well as livestock destruction if category H gun laws are changed.

Mr Park said Mr Byrne’s comment, in which he referred to the Sporting Shooters guide, which suggested a rifle was a more humane for deconstruction of an animal, was off the mark.

“Sporting Shooters guide to humane destruction does not say don’t use a hand gun, it simply talks about rifles from the very simply simple point of view that as a sporting shooter as opposed to an occupational shooter like a pest controller or a primary producer you don’t have a licence to do it, do so why would they comment,” Mr Park said.

“There’s no difference in the human destruction in the type of firearm, it’s the calibre of firearm that makes the difference and many rifles and many handguns are the same calibre, like a 22 calibre rifle and a 22 calibre hand gun shoot exactly the same projectile and at close range there’s zero difference in the effect. The effective difference is simply in the length and the manoeuvrability of a tool.

“Let’s say that a cow goes down in the top tier of the truck, in with other cattle, it would be extremely risky both from a workplace health and safety aspect and humane destruction aspect to try and climb up there with an implement that takes two hands, because how do you hang on, and what your you are normally doing in a humane destruction situation is the firearm is very, very close to the animal because that maximises impact, reduces suffering and also reduces the likely hood likelihood of someone missing or ricochet or something like that.”

Mr Park said Agforce did not entirely understand where the gun comments came from.

“We’re not talking about people who haven’t done safety training, that haven’t done background checks.”

“We’re talking about people who have been proven responsible, they’ve trained, they’ve done safety courses, they’ve not done anything wrong and all they’re trying to do is improve that humane destruction of animals.”

Mr Parks said farmers had a duty of care when it came to human deconstruction and to reduce feral animal populations.

“Animals unfortunately do injure themselves or do get sick, farmers have a duty of care ethically and legally to look after that.”

Article written by Zhanae Conway-Dodd and published on Rural Weekly Website at 8th Jun 2016 4:08 PM. Direct link to article: https://www.ruralweekly.com.au/news/handgun-use-still-needed-primary-producers/3041426/

 

Time for serious thought

They came for our gunsFirst they came for the military type semi-autos but that didn’t affect me because I didn’t need them…

Then they came for all semi-auto centrefire and rimfire rifles and even shotguns in 1996, but that didn’t affect me either as I was happy to hunt with my old Winchester 30-30, so I remained silent…

Then they came for the handguns in 2002 and banned magazines over 10 rounds, barrels shorter than 127mm and restricted calibres over .38, but that didn’t bother me either as I wasn’t into pistol shooting…

Then they came for rifles that cosmetically looked like anything that was a semi-auto, even if it was a manually operated straight-pull, so they took all rifles with pistol grips, adjustable stocks and anything else that was black in appearance, but I still felt safe because I knew they couldn’t possibly take my old Winchester 30-30, so I said nothing…

Then they came for bolt-action, pump-action and lever-action rifles that had magazines over 10 or 15 rounds, but I knew I was still alright with my guns…

Then they came for rifles with calibres over 308 because they were regarded as powerful sniper rifles and no-one needed them, but still that didn’t affect me either, so I remained silent…

Then they came for lever-action shotguns and took them away under the catch phrase of “rapid fire weapons” but thankfully I still got to keep my 30-30…

Then they came for all lever and pump-action rifles because they fell into the emotional definition of “rapid fire weapons” so I finally had to say goodbye to my beloved rifle that represented the only last memories I had of my dad when he was alive as we used to go on hunting trips with this rifle. I asked other shooters for help but everyone was running scared, hanging on to their bolt-action rifles, so nothing was said…

Then they came for the remaining pistols, starting with disarming the farmers and occupational shooters, then removing them from sports shooters. I didn’t worry too much because I still had my bolt-action 22 that no-one could ever take from me…

Then they came for the double-barrel and single-barrel shotguns because they were too powerful in the hands of civilians but that didn’t affect me and my bolt-action 22, so I remained silent…

Then they came for the last of them, the bolt-action rimfire and centrefire rifles, saying we have to do this to ensure public safety, there is no other way and justifying their actions because of a criminal who held up a service station using an unregistered, cut down bolt-action rifle.

I tried to speak out but it was too late, we had all been taken apart little by little and our numbers were no more for our voice to be heard. Instead of standing together, when the pistols were being confiscated, the rifle and shotgun shooters all ran into hiding laughing with each other, just happy that it wasn’t them that were being targeted. But then came their turn and the pistol shooters weren’t going to help the shotgun and rifle shooters, so we all eventually lost all firearms little by little, piece by piece as the years went on…

I wish I could share with you my boy, the days that your granddad and I used to go hunting and bring home a freshly butchered deer. The whole family would sit round the dinner table enjoying beautiful cuts of venison back straps with fresh vegetables from the garden. I wish I could share with you the experience of going out with your first 22 and taking a rabbit for the evening meal, but I can’t as we were all disarmed many years ago now…

Don’t make this the story that you’re telling your children in the future, don’t be the last Australian shooter. You can do something to stop this from happening, speak up, get involved and for the sake of your children’s future and all law-abiding gun owners, make your vote count this coming election!!!

Source: Ozzie Reviews

May is Domestic Violence Prevention Month

Domestic violence is an important community issue, affecting men and women across our state.
This month, to raise awareness for domestic violence prevention, we are presenting a two-part article to provide our members with more resources about domestic violence, including what services are available to support you and your family as well as information on your rights as a responsible firearms owner.
Shooters Union (Queensland) supports sensible firearms legislation covering licensing, use and storage and we are proud to be a community-minded organisation made up of every day members of the Queensland community.

We believe our members, and their families and friends, should be equipped with information on how to deal with violence and how they can help those close to them avoid, or heal from, violence in their lives.

What resources are available to you?

Violence does not discriminate – anyone can be a victim regardless of gender or age. Australian research has found 17 per cent of women and 5.3 per cent of men have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime.

Domestic violence is not ok. If you or someone you know is being affected, don’t be afraid to speak up and encourage them to seek help.

What to look out for:

• A person is criticised or put down publicly or in private
• You notice mood swings or bad tempers especially when drinking
• A person becomes withdrawn and begins to distance themselves
• Any uncharacteristic marks, bruises or cuts that can’t be explained.

If you suspect a close friend or relative is being abused, there are a number of hotlines you can call to seek advice.

• Lifeline – 13 11 14 – 24 hours, 7 days a week
• 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
• DVConnect Womensline – 1800 811 811 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
• DVConnect Mensline – 1800 600 636 – 9am to midnight, 7 days a week.

To report immediate danger, please call 000.

Domestic violence and firearms – what you need to know

Do you know how a domestic violence order (DVO) can affect your firearms licence? We often get enquiries from our members around how a potential, existing or past DVO interacts with a firearms licence.

We have seen people consent to an application for a DVO because their relationship has come to an end, they have no intention of interacting with their former partner. It’s possible to agree to the DVO without agreeing with the facts, and the order will not be recorded as an admission of wrongdoing or criminal activity.

Whilst a DVO in itself is not recorded as a criminal offence, consenting to the order will affect your ability to own or use firearms for the period of the order and beyond.
It’s important that you seek legal advice before responding to the order to determine the most appropriate course of action.

Many of our members require a firearms licence to complete their jobs. If you are impacted in some way by a DVO it’s important that you know how this will affect your firearms licence and potentially your employment.

A typical order remains in force for up to two years but the process to have a firearms licence reinstated after this can take up to five – this can be potentially career-ending for many of our members.

For more information visit the Queensland Legal Aid website or contact Shooters Union (Queensland) via our contact us page.

Queensland Legal Aid fact sheet: “Someone has applied for a domestic violence protection order against me. What are my legal options?” Click here.

Gun control laws – the biggest con job in our nation’s history

Article written by: Carlo Di Falco Tasmanian Mercury May 6, 2016 12:01am

The Port Arthur tragedy is not now mentioned without referring to banning the Adler lever-action shotgun.

While no one denies what happened at Port Arthur was an unprecedented tragedy, Norway had a massacre in 2011 that claimed 77 lives and yet there was no gun buyback or tightening of their gun laws. There has not been a repeat despite citizens having access to the same types of firearms used by Anders Brievek and Martin Bryant.

Read the full story and comments here: Click here

Alan Jones Interviews LDP federal Senator David Leyonhjelm on Gun Laws

Finally some common sense is being talked on one of the most popular radio programs in Australia. Listen to this 9 minute interview on Radio 2GB with NSW Federal Senator David Leyonhjelm about our gun laws, and why they are not as effective as claimed.
David is the strongest, most rational voice that firearm owners have ever had in the Federal Senate, in fact take a listen to this interview and seriously look at (if you live in NSW) voting for LDP senator Leyonhjelm in the upcoming federal election. This is a guy who richly deserves any and all support all gun owners can give him.
Take a listen and decide for yourself, so refreshing to hear some reality after the delusions and distortions of most of the mainstream media. Thank you Alan Jones for this interview.
Link to interview:
https://www.2gb.com/audioplayer/172961

“Secret” Police Review of ALL Queensland firearm regulations under way for the past year!

URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

As many of you know, over the past year the Queensland government has refused to have any engagement whatsoever with the firearms community, despite significant ongoing efforts by our representatives to build a relationship and engage in open communication.

In the past 48 hours a Shooters Union researcher reviewing parliamentary records has found a clear admission of what we believed (but could not prove until now) was happening.

Documents tabled in parliament by the then-Police Minister in October last year, reveal that Queensland Police have in fact been undertaking a “review” of the Weapons Act and Regulations, with an amendment Act/Regs already well underway by the time that document was tabled.

You can get the full details here – see points 16 to 19:

It now seems most likely that the real reason for the government refusing to engage with us has been so that they could undertake a secret review, without any input or advice from the people who are most affected by those laws and who, as we have seen over the past couple of days, are clearly much more familiar with those laws than the government is.

This is deeply alarming.

If you think this review will be minor and not affect you think again, the last time in 2014 that Queensland Police made even minor recommendations (and this time it is NOT minor) they would have:

  • Allowed an authorised Police officer (no reference to the courts needed) to declare you “not a fit and proper person” simply based on who you know. Example: if a friend or colleague suffered from depression, you could suddenly find yourself declared “not fit and proper” and have your firearms seized. Just like that, no magistrate, no court, just 1 police officer’s say so. (QPS Proposal # 8)
  • Allowed an authorised police officer to have the police commissioner to reclassify virtually any type of firearm, then contact you and force you to surrender that type of firearm without compensation! (QPS Proposal # 26)

This time around the “review” has been deliberately kept very secret and will be far more wide reaching and will drastically affect almost ALL firearm owners, including primary producers and those recreational shooters who assist rural producers by destroying feral animals.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

1/ Contact your local MP and inform them of the situation, request that they seek assurance from the the Premier guaranteeing the following within 7 days:

  • That a firearms stakeholder consultative committee will be formed in QLD immediately (inc groups such as Agforce, SSAA, SUQ and others).
  • That all recommendations by Qld Police relating to any review of the regulations will be shared with that committee for discussion and input before being presented at a federal level or to Qld parliament committees.
  • That the Qld Police minister and police representatives do not agree or sign up to ANY new changes to NFA (national Firearms Agreement) before consulting with and taking input from consultative committee.

PLUS:

  • Contact the Qld Premier directly with your concerns (since it appears the Police Minister is unlikely to respond favourably)
  • Forward this email to every firearm owner you know and encourage them to do the same.
  • Use the postcard we developed (link to PDF) – we are also happy to post members a number of cards for club or shop use + every gun shop in Qld has these postcards as well, encourage them to get them out on the counter.

This is truly one of the most anti-democratic moves we have yet seen ever taken against voters in Qld and we truly need you to act NOW and get onto your local MP (and write to the Premier as well) today.

SUQ will be sending out more information over the coming days on what is happening as fast as we can get it to you.

Remember your local member is actually not even aware this is happening, so they will likely be surprised as well.

YOU need to inform them that this is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!

And remember – be polite and stick to the facts!