WHAT I BELIEVE
I personally hold a licence to own a firearm. Anyone doing the course to become a licenced firearms owner will know that it is very strict and for good reasons. (Not just anyone can own guns legally). The problem with firearms ownership are not those who go through the process legally. It is the illegal gun owners that are the problem. These are the ones who need to be targeted.
I believe it is the right of law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms. I recognise the cultural and economic significance of recreational shooting, hunting and farming. The regulation of firearms should not unduly impede on a law-abiding citizens pursuit of his or her freedoms, business or undertaking. With Government opting for good headlines over good policy, Australia’s lawabiding firearm community have been burdened with increasingly oppressive regulation while gun crime, particularly in inner city areas, has continued unaffected by new or existing legislation. Good firearms regulation must enhance community safety, whilst not impeding the individual rights and freedoms of law-abiding citizens. Community safety is of the upmost importance.
The focus of enforcement must be on criminals who misuse firearms as opposed to wasteful, misdirected over-regulation of law-abiding firearms owners. I recognise the importance of background checking and licensing of intending firearms owners as well as safe storage of firearms. I do not support “American style gun laws” in QLD. The National Firearms Agreement 2017 (introduced in 1996) has failed to address the vitally important issue of illegal firearm importation distribution and use in crime. Australia has a mature firearms culture and law-abiding firearms owners should not be treated as criminals in waiting. Any future review of the National Firearms Agreement must be evidence based.
MY ACTION PLAN
1. Fight for all law-abiding firearms owners regardless of their chosen discipline or shooting interests.
2. Introduce legislation to enforce mandatory minimum sentences for serious crimes committed with a firearm, to be served consecutively, not concurrently.
3. Campaign for tougher measures and sentencing of illegal firearms trading.
4. Support the introduction of a permanent firearms amnesty so that unregistered or unwanted firearms can be removed from the community without prosecution.
5. Support family and home protection and continue to support measures increasing a person’s right to self-defence.
6. Continue to drive the establishment of firearms ranges and facilities throughout QLD with an emphasis on increasing disabled access and regional shooting complexes.
7. Petition the QLD government to support ‘Safe Shooting Grants’ that has already been implemented in NSW to support and fund shooting and hunting clubs across QLD.
8. Introduce legislation and exemptions for past and serving defence force and law enforcement personnel to grant licenses and registration of firearms free of any fees.