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Senate Enquiry into Semi-automatic Handgun Ban

The federal government has recently announced a Senate inquiry into “The ability of Australian law enforcement authorities to eliminate gun-related violence in the community”

We consider this to potentially be the worst threat to firearm owners since the Howard government gun-grab. One of the terms of reference identifies “The effect banning semi-automatic handguns would have on the number of illegally held firearms in Australia”. Obviously the effect of banning semi-automatic handguns would have a similar effect to banning vehicles with automatic transmissions. The ban would remove lots of vehicles from the road, but would it have an effect on the road toll? The same correlation is true of semi-automatic handguns. The road toll has nothing whatever to do with the type of gearbox a vehicle has, any more than the type of handgun action has to do with criminal intent and/or violence in the community.

Sounds laughable? Maybe, but this is not a laughing matter. We are facing a very real and imminent threat and we need as many submissions as possible.

Have a look at the link below and consider putting in a submission of your own. Obviously, we and most, if not all, the other shooting bodies will be doing their own submissions, but you can help too!

We are in the process of preparing ours and if you would like some ideas of what to put in yours, we’ll be sending out some information as soon as we are able. In the meantime, you might like to start on something yourself.


Send us a copy when you’re finished but please note that the deadline is 15th August.

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