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BREAKING NEWS: Palaszczuk to move lever action shotguns to Category D

BREAKING NEWS:

The Palaszczuk Government to move on high-capacity shotguns following Los Vegas Shooting.

In news just in, Shooters Union have been advised that the current Queensland Labor government wants to silence the voice of thousands of sporting shooters, hunters and farmers by moving lever action shotguns to a restrictive Category D. This opportunistic political posturing by Labor in wake of the recent tragic event in Las Vegas is a disgrace. Law abiding firearm owners are constantly being targeted by Labor and your voice is needed to fight back.

Here’s a link to the ABC news coverage of the media release: https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-10/lever-action-shotguns-reclassified-qld-from-2018/9032172?pfmredir=sm&WT.ac=statenews_qld

See the video above for Shooters Union Vice President, David Brown’s response and clarification of the new amendments.

What can I do?

Email the Premier of Queensland
Contact the Premier and Labor members and let them know your thoughts.
Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk – Phone: (07) 3719 7000 / Email: Premier HERE
Download full list of contacts HERE

Email the Leader of the Opposition
Contact the Leader of the Opposition and let them know you oppose Labor’s ban.
Hon Tim Nicholls – Phone: (07) 3838 6767 / Email: Hon Tim Nicholls HERE
Download full list of contacts HERE

Email Katter’s Australian Party 
Katter’s Australian Party Party has vowed to move a disallowance motion in the parliament to overturn these bans. Send them a note of support.
Hon Robbie Katter – Phone: (07) 4410 4100 / Email: Hon Robbie Katter HERE
Download full list of contacts HERE

Steve Dickson (ONP) responds to Private Members’ Motion

Steve Dickson from Member for Buderim, and One Nation Party member, responds to Robbie Katter’s  Private Members Motion in Queensland Parliament that aims to safeguard the rights of farmers to own Category H firearms.

New Gun Laws leave successful Ipswich Club in Limbo

THE competitive future of an internationally successful Ipswich club is in limbo under the revised 2017 National Firearm Agreement (NFA).

That is the view of Ipswich Pistol Club committee member and licence firearm instructor Scott Geelan, who is keen to receive further clarification on how the agreement will affect shooting clubs.

“There are so many grey areas,” Geelan said.

“There are dozens of issues where regulation of licenced law-abiding users of firearms have been dramatically tightened up.”

Shooters Union Australia president Graham Park has said up to 80 per cent of sporting shooting clubs may be forced to close under the revised policy.

The new agreement requires people seeking firearm licences to belong to “approved clubs”.

Under the agreement the Queensland Palaszczuk Government has signed up to, Park said “approved clubs” were only those that participated in shooting competitions recognised by the Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games or world championships federations.

Ipswich Pistol Club members regularly compete in events sanctioned by the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), which is not aligned to  those organisations.

“We are unsure at this stage as to whether or not IPSC is going to be included in one of those international matches,” Geelan said.

Geelan said that was the major issue that needed to be clarified from a competition perspective.

“For sporting purposes, the new NFA 2017 dramatically reduces the number of approved events that can be used for a lawful reason,” he said.

“There’s an awful lot of matches that clubs shoot that don’t meet that criteria.

“For a lot of the smaller clubs, it’s quite possible they could find themselves without a business.”

Geelan is concerned the full impact of the new agreement between all the states and territories may not be known in Queensland until after the next state election.

He said the Palaszczuk Government was hoping to have a majority on the floor of Parliament to implement major changes.

“Our sad experience with regulation like this is that invariably it’s going to be bad, not good,” he said.

The Ipswich Pistol Club was formed in 1964. It has grown steadily from 53 members in 2003 to nearly 130.

The Ipswich club includes current world champion Karla Blowers, who is preparing to defend her title in France later this year.

Club member David McConachie was national champion last year.

“The popularity of the sport is growing dramatically,” Geelan said, keen to see that continue.

Article Written by David Lems 7/7/17 for the Queensland Times. Read the original article here.