Welcome to the One Hundred and Eighth Edition of the Owen Guns Bulletin. This edition is a little early as we needed to put out a GUN LAW ALERT. To encourage every firearm owner to mobilise their friends and family and visit, email, phone, write, (Do all four if possible) your local MP’s.
We all need to contact our State, Federal MP ‘s and Senators, we have them on the back foot a little at present, but they are still trying to save ‘face’ saying that they will take the ban off in 12 months. There will be an election before that happens and if we do not get this fixed soon, we will be coping it from all States at the COAG Police Ministers meeting in November.
In the shop I constantly remind shooter, people with a large investment in our shooting environment. Mostly the response is, “Oh I pass it round to all my email list”, or “I share it on facebook”. They look really hurt, when I tell them, “that’s not enough”, or “That’s next door to doing nothing”. You have to contact your local MP, State and Federal and express your disgust with Gun Laws and the Lever Action Ban.
I know I lose a few friends over this, but now we have the growing numbers of shooters we are going to be no better off, unless we can make our elected representatives very very nervous about re-election. 600,000 shooters in Queensland and at least a million in Australia can now make that difference.
Why do our firearm owner friends want to keep their heads in the sand?
The Government takes our freedoms, our rights and instead grants a Shooters licence. So our friends don’t want to protest in case they get a bad mark against their names. They suffer the impositions, the inconvenience and all the charges which are really fines, for not doing anything wrong, but being a firearm owner. Those who do shout from the roof tops are called extremists, radicals, red necks. (I wear those insults like badges of honour) Governments next ploy is to isolate the most vocal sections of the shooters, (as in the past semi -Auto or Pistol shooters) and make friends with shotgun shooters, or other less affected groups and meet with them, with false smiles (like the ‘Big Bad Wolf” in Little Red Riding Hood) ready to devour those groups up in their next Anti Gun campaign. They divide the shooting organisation against one another by ‘throwing a bone’ of consolation. (Like forced membership) As long as they have one group that does not protest they will use that to say that they have ‘consulted’ and that clubs have mixed opinions. No matter, if those clubs are un affected. They pat us all on the head, like lap dogs and keep us on a tight leash.
Well its time for the chains to break.
We now have the internet, we are not silenced by the media as we were in 1996 and 2003, we can mobilise and spread the word we have facebook. Even if you get a free email address and join in another name like Tikka, or Sportco. You can spread the word on to the pages of the politicians. 5000 people have shared this letter during the last few days, surely some will use some of the ideas and finally write to their local politicians. It does not really hurt. MP’s are there to represent you and get paid good money for doing it. You have to do your part.
A letter in Response to your Local MP.
Firearm Owners Association of Australia.
24 Mc Mahon Rd
07 54 825070
To Warren Truss MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Federal Member for Wide Bay
PO Box 283, Maryborough, 4550
9th August 2015
Re -Prohibition of Lever Action Shotguns.
Thank you for your reply to my questions, I noticed you signed it but I strongly suspect that you did not write it, as it is, ill informed, un-reasonable and insults the Firearm owners intelligence. It uses “Yes Minister” type platitudes full of thought-terminating cliché, disguising the reality of ‘just a decision to make it seem like the government is doing something,’ with no care that your doing a wrong, to people who have only done right.
The writer of your letter arrogantly, without a care writes off, the best behaved people within our community and tries to make us feel good about it.
The insult is compounded by our Governments moral stand to protect Australia’s Muslims, all of them, so they are not judged and convicted for the actions of a few Muslim Criminals, yet has no compunction in pointing the bone at every Licensed Firearm Owners in Australia, using them as the ‘scapegoats’ for further persecutions. Disregarding, the fact that Licenced Firearm Owners behaviour is exemplary your government decides to deprive Licensed Firearm Owners of their property.
Your government says it is keeping up with modern technology, again this is an insult to our intelligence as the lever action technology is over 150 years old. Blaming an association with the Martin Place Siege and Mad Monis who never even had a legal firearm, or even a lever action firearm is part of another lie.
Tony Abbots decision reverses the recommendations of the Martin Place Siege Review, which recommended simplification of the firearm legislation and does not recommend further impositions on Licensed Firearms Owners.
Your departments response is contradictory within itself and produces more questions than it answers. For instance, I asked in my initial correspondence “for a copy of the legislative Act that has gone through the House to empower the PM to make decisions in a dictatorial way, to alter the Import Regulations at a whim, with no consultation, no mandate from the Australian people?”
The answer; “The legal basis for the prohibition is a regulation under the Customs (prohibited imports) Regulations 1956″
These current Regulations give no powers to the Prime Minister neither does this following section as the Prime Minister is not the Minister for Customs.
CUSTOMS ACT 1901 – SECT 77EA
Minister may order goods to be detained
(1) The Minister may, if the Minister considers that it is in the public interest to do so, order a Collector to detain the goods specified in the Minister’s order.
(2) At the time an order is made to detain goods:
(a) the goods must be goods the importation of which is restricted by the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 ; and
(b) the goods must have been imported into Australia; and
(c) the importation of the goods must not breach this Act; and
(d) the goods must not have been:
(i) delivered into home consumption in accordance with an authority to deal with the goods; or
(ii) exported from Australia.
(3) An order to detain goods has effect despite any provision of this Act to the contrary.
You will notice that the goods must have been imported into Australia, where the goods in question have not been imported as yet.
Your response does not answer the question of how the Prime Minister, without the support of the Australian people, or even a determination from Parliament make a decision that disadvantages thousands of law abiding licenced firearm owners and law abiding licenced firearm dealers whom have all followed the legal process of acquiring the firearm that they need. Australia’s farmer’s are struggling to make a living, battling millions of feral animals that live on neighbouring government controlled land. Feral animals raid there crops every night of the week but farmers have been prevented from acquiring suitable firearms to assist in their control since 1996. Now, your government is facing them with further restrictions.
The second paragraph in your response states ” strike a balance between the interests of licensed Gun owners and the need of the broader community to live safely and securely”, is blatant nonsense as only the insane would believe that Licensed Gun Owners are ‘any threat to the safety and security of the broader community’ they are in fact an additional part of that broader communities safety and security. To logically prove that, if everyone in that community had to pass all the security tests of good character and security, and the ones that failed be deported to the middle east, Australia would sleep much more soundly and securely.
On that basis the National Firearms Agreement does Australia a huge mischief. Warren, your writer refers to Man Haron Monis, or one of his 31 other names, he could not have acquired a Firearms Licence as he was on over a 100 charges, one of which was accessory to murder. If he had been deported years earlier that murder may have been prevented and the Siege in the Martin Place Café would have certainly been prevented.
We have had two decades of this nonsense and hundreds of thousands of licenced firearm owners looked forward to a change to a more conservative government in the hope that commonsense would at last prevail and the innocent citizens with unblemished records would not be punished with renewal fines, impositions on their property, and instead the guilty, like
Man Haron Monis would have their rights curtailed, deported, or interred.
The Martin Place Siege Review concurs with the above sentiments as in its Recommendations Page IX it states.
“Recommendations on Immigration
1. Immigration should review its internal connectivity and information sharing processes to improve the Department’s ability to verify the initial supporting information provided by visa applicants wishing to travel to Australia.
2. Immigration should better assess the possible risks posed by individuals at the pre-visa, post-visa and pre-citizenship stages.
3. Immigration should propose policy and legislative changes necessary to support decisions to grant or revoke an initial visa, subsequent visas and, citizenship.
And on Page IX
6. The Commonwealth, States and Territories should simplify the regulation of the legal firearms market through an update of the technical elements of the National Firearms Agreement.
The definition of “Simplify” is to have less, not more regulations.
This was put even more strongly in the results of the Senate Constitutional Committee who spent 18 months and millions of dollars, reviewing Australia’s Gun Laws and returning a majority conclusion in Recommendation 5
“1.225 The majority of Senators attending the inquiry recommend State and territory governments investigate avenues to deregulate the firearm industry to ease the economic burden on governments, industry and legal firearm users.”
Licensed Firearm Owners expected some relief, but your government has again inversely punished the innocent, contradicting the above reviews with your punitive prohibitions on lever actions Shotguns which do not impact on inanimate objects they impact on the people. Your letter says you are not “targeting” “law abiding Gun Owners”. The Prime Minister who claims he has made this ‘decree’ has done nothing to relieve your ” Heightened threat environment” and seems to have made a decree illegally.
Man Haron Monis and all the Islamic ‘Bikers’ Gangs (not real bikers as they travel in vans) have proved that they have no problem acquiring illegal firearms, they will not hand them in at a buy back, the only way your going to take guns off those people is when they are dead. Your government has not made any serious move to intern and deport those Islamic’s who are “Heightening the Threat Environment”. Your government has ignored the recommendations of two Reviews that have been handed down this year to simplify and deregulate the Shooting industry and ignored the Martin Place Review to tighten immigration and justice, instead you have picked on the ‘whipping horse’ again.
Your government seems determined to destroy itself with a false policy of perceived ‘Political Correctness” of sacrificing Australia security, jobs, lives and property to defend people who give allegiance to a foreign ideology which has world domination as its central core thesis.
At least 20 000 Licensed firearm owners have waited to buy those firearms, a million licensed firearm owners feel they have been betrayed again. Ask the person you replaced, Tim Fischer, he will remember how it split the National Party last time.
The Prime Minister’s decree has not just prohibited lever action shotguns with a magazine capacity of more then five rounds, I have a customer/dealer who has applied for his Import permit for 500 lever action shotguns with a magazine capacity of 4 , and it has been denied until the Meeting in November. Dealers who have many hundreds of thousands of dollars outlaid, customers who have outlaid deposits are seething at the way they have been treated. They ordered property that has always been imported into Australia for 150 years, all in good faith, your government prohibits the import, they see your excuse, “To ensure that the Agreement remains current in light of technological advancement and changes to the firearm market” as a great lie. Lever Action Shotguns have been available at least since the 1887 Model Winchester came out in 12 gauge and the larger and more powerful 10 gauge. Eight shot magazines are no new invention and 1866 Model Winchester Rifles had 15 shot magazines. Are you going to empty the Museums as your government did in 1996 and 2003?
When in your last line you say ” In order to produce sensible, practical changes” you may please forgive the antagonism and public scorn that particular line will invoke as at every stage of what you call sensible practical changes over the last 18 years, firearm owners have called it ‘Oppression”. We have petitioned for redress in the most humblest of terms, our repeated petitions have always been answered by repeated impositions.
This ‘Yes Minister’ Speak is insulting and the person that wrote it for you should be dismissed but it has been of assistance, it is forewarning and preparing us to watch the further decline of Australian politics into the abyss of injustice.
When the next call comes for young Australians to volunteer to fight for freedom, a day that approaches with ever increasing velocity, what freedoms will be left worth their sacrifice?
Firearm Owners Association.
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