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Queensland Parliament Ignores Shooter Submissions AGAIN

The Queensland Government’s Legal Affairs and Safety Committee’s inquiry into the Police Legislation (Efficiencies and Effectiveness) Amendment Bill 2021 has now been released, and you can view the report here (the relevant section begins at page 18):

https://documents.parliament.qld.gov.au/…/5721T1855.pdf

The Committee has recommended the Bill be passed without alteration.

Shooters Union is quoted extensively in the report, based on our written and in-person submissions, but we are extremely disappointed that our recommendations have fallen on deaf ears.

Even more concerningly, the concerns of our friends at SIFA and the Firearm Dealers Association of Queensland, who also made submissions, were ignored too.

While there are some positives in there – notably the extension of the safekeeping time period a gun may be lent to or stored with another licence holder (or dealer) from three months to six months – the Bill does not fix the flawed Firearms Amnesty in Queensland, and we are well aware of instances of people having their amnesty-related PTAs delayed for weeks or even months while Weapons Licensing cross-check a list of stolen firearms.

We can’t help but wonder if the dismissive response to our concerns (and those of SIFA and FDAQ) is at least partly due to the fact that Shooters Union, alone of the shooting associations, takes the time and effort to make submissions to government on relevant issues.

Amnesty Hassles

While Shooters Union supports a permanent amnesty, we have serious concerns about how the amnesty has been introduced.

The original amnesty didn’t allow for anonymous surrendering of firearms which made it unworkable as many were suspicious about its motives. This issue was addressed so people handing in or registering “illegal’ firearms need not divulge their names. However, this did not satisfy all of the issues we raised so that now another amendment is needed.

Although all the groups, including Shooters Union, which attended the Police Minister’s Advisory Forum in May last year agreed on what needed to be done, the current amendments still do not accurately reflect what was agreed.

We are unsure as to why the amendments do not honour the agreed solution, but the responsibility must lie with the principal Policy Officer at the Queensland Police Service.

Cross Border Problems

We have become aware of shooters recently running into difficulties with Queensland licence renewals when using properties in New South Wales or other states as their licence genuine reason. This has the potential to affect a lot of shooters, especially primary producers and recreational hunters.

We have raised with the Queensland Weapons Licencing Branch our concern that this change appears to have been made with no consultation and, more importantly, without notifying shooting community representatives.

In all eastern states it is long accepted practice that you may be resident in one state but have your genuine reason geographically located in another state. In fact that practice seems to support the concept of uniform firearms laws via the NFA.

We are chasing down who made the decision that interstate properties were no longer an acceptable reason for Queensland residents to obtain a firearms licence and, more seriously, why the decision was made and the legislative basis for the decision.

Weapons Licencing bullies elderly landowner into surrendering licence

A sad case from Queensland recently, where an elderly landowner had her licence renewal denied because, according to WLB, she did not have enough land to justify owning the single-shot .22 rifle for humane destruction of injured animals and would not be able to join a shooting club before her licence expired – even though the land size had never been a problem in the past, and she absolutely could have joined a shooting club like us in time, had she been given the correct information.

She said the person from WLB was very aggressive with her on the phone and basically bullied her into surrendering her licence. After receiving the official notice, she contacted us asking for advice on how to legally dispose of her rifle. After discussing options with her, she decided that it was all simply too complicated to apply for a new licence – but we were able to direct her to a local gun shop so the gun wouldn’t go to the crusher.

If you are having licensing issues with WLB, make sure you contact us right away via membership@shootersunion.com.au so we can see if we can help, and ensure you are making decisions with the right information. Don’t leave it until the last minute, as there are often strict timeframes involved!

New ways the Police can take away your guns and how to STOP THEM!

Watch this video to learn more about what Shooters Union are doing to fight against the Overreaching & Overzealous “Fit & Proper Persons laws” that are affecting Queensland Shooters NOW.

If you’ve been issued a revocation notice please email: membership@shootersunion.com.au with the details for assistance in fighting the notice.

The rights of Law Abiding Firearm Owners across Australia are under attack, please consider donating to our legal defence fund to help fight against government overreach, overzealous legislation and unfair penalties and restrictions. You can donate here: shootersunion.com.au/donate-and-support-the-shooters-union/

WLB Audit Findings – How we’re responding.

Our concerns have been justified, but LAFO’s aren’t taking the blame… so what now?

As you may have heard, the Queensland Audit Office has released a damning report into Weapons Licensing Branch.

The report identifies a number of issues that we are all aware of – including outdated records and massive processing backlogs – and provides recommendations on how WLB should address them.

The major concern is most of the recommendations of the report appear to blame licensed, law-abiding firearms owners for WLB issues and also encourage WLB to crack down harder on gunowners, despite overwhelming evidence showing we are the most upstanding and law-abiding section of the community.

The team at Shooters Union Queensland are going over the auditor’s report very carefully so we can provide a measured and reasoned response, but in the meantime we wanted to reassure you we’re aware of the report (and all the anti-gun media stories as a result) and are actively working on it, as well as ways you can get involved.

We have already been involved with meetings with Police Minister and WLB regarding the many issues involving WLB and firearms licensing in Queensland, and will be working hard to make sure any and all changes are focused on improving current system and making it work better for everyone, rather than simply attacking legitimate firearms owners.

In the meantime, you can read a copy of the report for yourself here.

Vote for the Man… Not the Party in Lockyer

Recently we had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Savage, Independent Candidate for Lockyer who is contesting the State election this month. 

A passionate advocate for your region, Jim’s fixin’ to run the bad guys out of parliament and fight for the changes that the Lockyer region desperately needs to survive and thrive.

Only an Independent candidate has the flexibility to follow his/her conscious and vote for what’s right instead of what their party moguls dictate. 

Amongst other topics, Jim’s sights are set on reversing the decision to lock up the Lockyer Forest Reserve and White Mountain Forest Reserve allowing for recreational activities and better forest management. 

Jim’s also passionate about water… or the lack of it in Atkinson dam. Farmers need water, tourists need water… our communities need water and the State government has the power to make it happen through dams, proper water management and infrastructure projects that co-incidently would bring more jobs to the region too. A definite WIN-WIN.

Watch the video to find out more.
Shooters Union is endorsing Jim as our pick for the Lockyer region.

Let’s help Steve Andrew Take Out the Trash!

Recently we had the pleasure of interviewing Steve Andrew, the One Nation’s Party Member for Mirani who is up for re-election this month.

A passionate advocate for your region, Steve wants the people of Central and North Queensland to hold the balance of power, keep the next Queensland government accountable, and put an end to Labor riding roughshod over farmers, miners, and anyone living outside the south-east corner.

“We are in the fight of our life to keep our cherished way of life. FREE, ALIVE and PROSPEROUS.”

“My promise to you is to continue to fight against radical Greens armed with their dodgy science that demonises farmers, tourism providers and miners. I’ll fight for your kids to get better funding for schools, teachers and educators. I’ll fight for your jobs, and to keep investment in Mirani.”

“I say NO to Labor’s death tax, a GST increase and the double standards that favours the rich and famous over normal Australians. I say YES to water infrastructure projects and outcomes that deliver benefits for our entire community.”

“Let’s continue what we’ve started and keep Mirani moving forward, supporting and reinvigorating agriculture, manufacturing, mining and local jobs.”

Shooters Union is endorsing Steve as our pick for the Mirani region.

Your rights are just as important as the rights of City Voters!

Recently we had the pleasure of interviewing Rick Gurnett, the Katter Australia Party Candidate for your electorate of Warrego. A passionate advocate for your region, Rick is contesting the seat to ensure “help our regional and rural economies grow.” 

To stop our declining rural and regional populations, we need bold ideas like an airforce training centre in Charleville, a rural bank to safeguard our farmer’s livelihoods, and investment in local industries (like the Dalby Ethanol Refinery) with a commitment from the Australian Government to ALWAYS support AUSTRALIAN COMPANIES first.

Raising a family in southwest Queensland has given Rick an insight to how important it is that we have MPs that are fighting for the regions to give people west of the range the same access to health, aged care, education and other essential services as those in the South East corner enjoy.

“My passion is agriculture and I have always worked towards owning property and providing food and fibre for our great country.”

He has become increasingly concerned about the high-handed decisions legislated by the major parties which have eroded people’s rights and freedoms.

“This is the reason I have put myself forward as part of the KAP to right these wrongs and get our country back on track.”

Shooters Union is endorsing Rick as our pick for the candidate most likely to bring about meaningful and lasting change in the Warrego region. 

Mundingburra Voters – Have you seen this?

How you can vote for
job security, a strong local economy, decreasing youth crime and better support for local farmers 
this October.

Recently we had the pleasure of interviewing Alannah Tomlinson, the Katter Australia Party Candidate for your electorate of Mundingburra. A passionate advocate for your region, Alannah is contesting the seat to “Make Townsville Great” and address the changes made to legislation stopping Townsville police from effectively fighting juvenile crime. 

I am a person of conviction and believe in fairness and what is right. Not enough is being done for our region for those that live here. I want better for everyone in our community including safety, growth and stability. Come see what KAP really do.”

A passionate advocate for the Townsville region, Alannah has policies aimed to build infrastructure, protect jobs, decrease youth crime and provide better support for our farmers and primary producers.

Shooters Union is endorsing Alannah as our pick for the candidate most likely to bring about meaningful and lasting change in the Mundingburra region.