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Thoughts For The Week.
The old ‘news’, but it was good news, was that 25% of the 15 million voters at the Federal election did not vote for the major Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dummer parties and instead voted for Independents and small (more independent) parties. Two million licensed shooters 14% of the voting population helped to make that difference.
The new ‘news’, which is bad news is that we now face the greatest threat to our shooting, collecting, hunting, competition, sport and way of life since John Howard used a media knee jerk reaction to impose his un-informed Gun laws.
Thank goodness, the good old news has placed our oligarchy (lib lab and Green) in its weakest position in forty years, for the first time we have a say. They are weak and we are strong.
The latest news this week was,
“The ban on lever-action shotguns with a magazine capacity greater than five rounds was due to expire on August 7, but Justice Minister Michael Keenan said on Friday it would be extended until a review of the National Firearms Agreement is completed and the agreed outcomes put in place. The review of the agreement is due to be considered by commonwealth, state and territory ministers later this year.” AAP.
The worst News.
A Freedom Of Information request was denied by Stephen Bouwhuis, Assistant Secretary at the Attorney-General’s Department from Dr Samara McPhedran, (Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University’s Violence Research and Prevention Program,) who submitted a FOI in March 2016 to access the documents mentioned in a News.com.au article that the government has been circulating since November 2015.
Mr Bouwhuis confirmed the document existed, however refused to disclose it. He said in a letter to McPhedran,
“I do not consider that it would be in the public interest to disclose this document”.
“The information contained in the document was communicated to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department by or on behalf of state or territory governments on a confidential basis, for the purposes of discussions about the proposed agreement,”
The Dangerous Document.
Well it seem the cat is out of the bag and the dangerous document is from the Tasmanian Police Minister, who is either a genuine certifiable nit wit, or a cold calculating power hungry potentate. The Tasmanian Minister of Police Rene Hidding, MP said,.
“Having become aware that there are a small number of firearms registered in Tasmania that have been ruled out under this element of the law in other States, but had not been assessed prior to registration in Tasmania, the police were obliged to act. It is a fundamental of responsible policing that they cannot make themselves unaware in spite of the fact that the actions occurred over the last 20 years.
For the past few weeks there has been issues with what constitutes a Schedule 1 Firearm in Tasmania. Tasmania Police are ensuring there is a clear and concise process established process to define what firearm, or features of a firearm, that may have been added later, may give cause for that firearm to need to be reasonably assessed against a set of subjective criteria. ”
Last week the police send out a notice advising that any firearm with
1 A pistol Grip
2 A shroud
3 Extended Magazine
4 Adjustable/Skeletonised/Folding Stock
Would be classed as a Schedule 1 Firearm and therefore would not be registerable, and it would apply across all firearm categories.
Minister of Police Rene Hidding said. “I have indicated to the Commissioner that, while these matters are clearly operational, I expect the processes that they undertake from this point on to be conducted in a way that provides confidence to the firearm owning community that they are being dealt with fairly and respectfully in dealing with this circumstance. Further, I expect the outcome to be modest, conservative and broadly in line with the majority of other States.”
The power he draws this from is in the National Firearm Agreement of 1996, which has no legislative power (nor the peoples consent) and has been included in every state legislation
SCHEDULE 1 – Prohibited Firearms. Section 3
The following firearms are prohibited firearms:
1.Any machine gun, submachine gun or other firearm capable of propelling projectiles in rapid succession during one pressure of the trigger.
2 Any self-loading rim-fire rifle.
3.Any self-loading centre-fire rifle.
4.Any self-loading shotgun.
5.Any pump action shotgun.
6.Any firearm that substantially duplicates in appearance a firearm referred to in item 1.
“Appearance” “Substantial” and the word “Duplicates” are all subjective words which leaves it to a bureaucrats opinion.
This provision has already been abused on many occasions by Customs officers and State Police. It gives the bureaucrat the power, he may hate all guns, he may dislike the person who owns the firearm, he might have had an argument with his wife that day, he might go the other way and get a nice Christmas hamper from the importer. We hope for none of the above, but history has shown it works that way time and time again.
The Tasmanian Police Minister must have an IQ level lower than an amoeba if he believes that by adding to these three subjective words above, more subjective words, he can as he claims, “provides confidence to the firearm owning community that they are being dealt with fairly and respectfully .”
1 A pistol Grip
2 A shroud
3 Extended Magazine
4 Adjustable/Skeletonised/Folding Stock.
All pistols have ‘Pistol grips”. Most pistols have fully automatic versions like the Glock. Ninety Five percent of all firearms have pistol grips and all of those stock designs have been used in machine guns and sub machine guns.
Millions of firearms have a “Shroud”. What does any shroud do in the firearm context, it stops your fingers getting burnt by the barrel. What is the difference between the wooden shroud on the AK 47 or the wooden shroud on a Lee Enfield?
Someone with logic and reason would say but a Lee Enfield is not a machine gun, on its own, it cannot resemble a machine gun, they have already forgotten that it does not have to, in the same way that the bolt action rifles that they are already banning because they “substantially duplicates in appearance” is the same as the bolt action Lee Enfield that the bureaucrat will say resembles the, “The Rieder” “Howard Francis carbine” “The Electrolux”, The Howell Automatic Rifle” “The Elkins Automatic Rifle” and The Charlton” which were all fully automatic firearms converted from Lee Enfield’s.
Every bolt action centrefire is under threat as the Mauser 98 was modified by Hugo Schmeisser with his Schmeisser MK.36,III. So to was the American Springfield 1903 with the Pederson device.
Never look for logic, or reason, or justice, or mercy or even law, once a Bureaucrat has the power to be subjective he will in time impose it to the zenith. The BATF in the USA could be the worst example, (but I’m sure there would be many like it) in 2007 even declared a 14 inch piece of string, (a shoe lace) as a firearm part for a machine gun. You will be told if you don’t like it take them to court. They are protected and have all there costs paid for and you face bankruptcy even if you win.
Any Magazine extension which assists you in taking out the magazine will be used to show that it falls into a banned category. A CZ 452 (new brno has one) they won’t have to show that someone in the world has made a fully automatic model, in government boxing and impositions as soon as it fails one category it will fail all. In the same bloody minded way they make single shot air rifles have a safety catch and make sure it has a little bit of red paint to show if its on, or off, sort of ignoring the fact it cannot be loaded without cocking the barrel and inserting a pellet into the chamber.
The Adjustable/Skeletonised/Folding Stock, takes out every modern target rifle and every shotgun that has an adjustable comb.
So too goes the little Mossbergs .22, as some thumb hole stocks have already been stopped from import as the customs have said they are a Skeletonised stock.
What to do about it.
Best one, is to visit Federal Members of Parliament and Senators for your State, the next best thing is to write to them, the next best is to email and the next best is to sign a petition, and the worst thing to do is to do nothing. Contacting your Club executive leaders and discussing it with them, might be useful, but without the individual contacting his local representative, all the shooting associations together have nothing like the impact of thousands hopefully millions of individuals, because the politicians all know that it’s the individuals that counts on election day.
What do we tell them.
We say, that you, your family and all of your friends are angered by the continual persecution of legislation imposed by his/her political party, and those useless laws are compounded by the bureaucratic implementation of the police and customs that they, their political parties set above us.
That it is your wish that the 1996 National Firearm Agreement be dissolved that long arm registration, and Permits to Acquire should be disposed of. Suggest that they should not consider any further impositions such as banning firearms due to appearance not function and if they did not they would further suffer the electoral backlash at the next election. At present one seat by election can gain or lose power.
Remind them that with the 2 million licensed shooters in Australia, we as a voting lobby of 14 % are a greater number than the traditional swinging votes and can and will decide the future of this country. We are not organised as yet as a political movement, but it is quickly happening.
Suggest to them that their efforts would be a lot more usefully employed in preventing un declared, illegal firearms entering the country and to take police out of their offices, out of their cars and put them on the beat in our streets. We would love to see the police regaining control of our suburbs and public transport, instead of best behaved sections of our communities are harassed by street gangs and hunted by police bureaucrats.
The Federal politicians will blame the State politicians and the State politicians will blame the Federal. The Labour politicians will blame the Liberals and vise versa. Stop them short, tell them they are both responsible, for more then twenty years they have voted and worked together to increase our burden. Now it has to stop.
One Nation, and lots of other small parties are struggling to build branches in all populations centres, firearm owners have a network of shooting clubs that have that infrastructure currently in place, it is time that we wore two hats. Our opponents deserve to be well beaten not just stirred. Ron Owen
There is no Spring without Winter, without Mistakes there is no Learning. There is no Life without Death, without Doubts there is no Faith. There is no Peace without War, without Fear there is no Courage. For without Mistakes, Doubts and Fears there are no pathways to Wisdom.
E Petitions to Parliament that Urgently need your attention. ENDS 28th AUGUST 2016.
We want to put forward a strong number of people from our point of view please take a minute to sign these properly endorsed Petitions. These are not ‘Change’ that is going to send you a myriad of adverts. This is the Queensland Parliaments site. If we ask for nothing we will receive nothing please give them a vote. ASAP.
Corella Range Complex for Gympie
Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House a 24 years-old promise to replace the Victory Range Gympie. The 1999 “Comino Report” (State Government Rifle Range Advisory Panel) recommended that land, in Corella SF700, be excised from the Curra State Forest to establish a regional shooting complex. Due to strong community support and a 50% annual increase in shooting licence applications the Cooloola Range Complex Association was formed with assistance from local Councils. It lodged a submission to the state government in 2003. Two subsequent “Difficult to Locate Sports” reports identified the need for a new shooting range complex at the Corella SF700 site with Queensland Police approving the range safety templates. In 2014, the Minister for Sport, Steve Dickson, gave an “Agreement in Principle” to revocation of the land, with the proviso of answering four questions, subsequently answered in the 2015 Ross Planning Feasibility report. Minister Steven Miles claims they will honour the “Agreement in Principle” but has imposed a ‘five to one’ land swap, (or equivalent in money) despite this requirement being previously waived. The requirement for a ‘five to one’ land swap, (or equivalent in money) was not contemplated in the original agreement and such an onerous requirement is denying the Gympie region of the economic and social benefits of this new facility.
Your petitioners therefore request the House to immediately excise Corella SF700 from the Curra State Forest, or issue a lease to the local council for a sporting shooters range complex.
The next one is in the same list on the parleiamentry petitions page.
Category D for Sporting Shooters.
Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House Category D firearms that are used in international sporting shooter events are restricted to professional shooters and do not include individuals that would use such firearms in legitimate and organised club shooting events.
Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to make Category D weapons available to sporting shooters to be owned, stored and operated by approved individuals to compete in club organised competitions. It is proposed that all individuals approved to own a Category D firearm and in the possession of Category D firearms for the purpose of sports shooting will keep and maintain a year to year participation record, as well as follow all licencing rules and requirements that allow sporting shooters to own, store and operate Category H firearms through their respective clubs, to stay compliant with Queensland weaponry requirements.
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