A Word From The Shooters & Fishers Party

S&F110_FPxlogos.indd Dear Friends
As you are aware Australians will be voting in the Federal election on 21 August.
With the Labor Government “on the nose” political analysts expect the Greens to increase their vote significantly, especially in the Senate.  A swing of just a few percent would see the Greens with as many as 8 Senate seats thus handing them the balance of power – a disastrous situation for all Australians but especially so for those of us involved in the shooting  and fishing sports.  
So please, help us stop the Greens from gaining control of the Senate.

We need your help in two key ways. Firstly we need your vote. The Shooters and Fishers Party are running 2 Senate candidates in New South Wales – Jim Muirhead and Al McGlashan.  

Secondly we need your help in passing on our message – please pass on this message to your family and friends whether or not they are shooters or fishers. Stopping the Greens is important for all Australians.
The attached (Two download links at bottom of page) "anti-Greens" Pamphlet and Poster show how much a threat the Greens really are.  We are asking supporters to help us ‘spread the word’ via their email networks and ‘word of mouth’ at club meetings, at the range and amongst family, friends and work colleagues.
If you haven’t visited the Shooters and Fishers Party website yet, please have a look at: http://www.shootersandfishers.org.au/ where there’s several video clips outlining our aims.
Click on the ‘You Have 2 Votes’, ‘Why Get Political’ and ‘How You Can Help’ tabs and then click onto the video ‘play’ button in the middle of the screen.  
Thanks for your support.
Shooters and Fishers Party



4 thoughts on “A Word From The Shooters & Fishers Party”

  1. I have recently become aware of a problem involving interpretation of
    storage laws by Tasmania Police that has implications for competition
    shooters as well as hunters and sales reps who may not have access to
    a gun safe at night. This has resulted in a client competing in recent
    nationals being charged with firearms offences.

    if Police interpretation is correct, most competitors could have
    been so charged.

    I enclose a media release.

    It would assist if emailed submissions could be sent to the following
    members of Parliament regarding changing this situation.

    Hon Scott Bacon MP
    Minister for Hospitality

    Hon Brian Wightman MP
    Attorney General
    Minister for Justice

    Hon.David O’Bryne MP
    Minister for Police and Emergency Services

    Hon Sirs

    I act for a man who was recently charged with firearms storage offences under which he had complied with the requisite standard for storing firearms whilst they are in transit, which is accepted in all other states and territories as being appropriate whilst a firearms user is away from home.

    The Concern for Tasmania is that the Tasmanian Police approach may effect the willingness of shooters to attend Tasmanian state competitions. I note here that a recent Sporting Clays shoot in Launceston attracted over 300 away from home competitors, many of whom had families with them and who made a holiday out of the trip- with significant benefits to Tasmanian tourism during a shoulder season. It would also effect the willingness of hunters to visit Tasmania.

    Since 1996 Australian shooters have laboured under a storage regime that imposes two levels of safe storage requirements with draconian penalties in the event that they are breached.

    While there are slight variations between states and territories these are broadly set out in the quote below from Tasmania Police.

    What differs in the case of Tasmania is the final paragraph which appears in bold italics. This paragraph does not (or at least does not at the time of writing) appear in the material related to firearms storage on the Tasmania Police website which replicates Regulation 12 of the Firearms Regulation 2006 (‘the Regulation’) and s85 of the Firearms Act 1996 (‘the Act’).

    I cannot discuss the circumstances of the current matter in which I am instructed that is before the Court s in Tasmania that deals with this matter because of sub judice rules however the Tasmania Police Firearms Registry have advised:

    In regards to conveying firearms and ammunition the following rules apply:

    Firearms Regulations 2006

    12A. Safety requirements for conveying other firearms
    The following are safety requirements for conveying a firearm that is not a prohibited firearm:
    (a) the firearm is to be in the unloaded condition;
    (b) ammunition is to be in a closed container, completely separate from the firearm;
    (c) magazines are not to contain any ammunition;
    (d) at least one of the following requirements is to be met:
    (i) the firearm is to be in a locked receptacle;
    (ii) the bolt of the firearm is to be in a closed container, completely separate from the firearm;
    (iii) the firearm is to be fitted with a mechanism that locks or disables the trigger or action and prevents the firearm from being used.
    Additionally, if a person intends to travel across Bass Strait on the TT-Line ferry, all firearms and ammunition must be declared to the ship’s security prior to boarding the vessel.

    In regards to storing firearms/ammunition when not being used or conveyed, section 85 of the Firearms Act states:

    Category A and B firearms licence requirements

    (1) The holder of a Category A firearms licence or Category B firearms licence must comply with the following requirements in respect of the storage of any firearm to which the licence applies:
    (a) if the firearm is not being used, it must be stored in a locked receptacle of an approved type that is –
    (i) constructed of hard wood, metal, concrete or any other approved material; and
    (ii) not easily penetrable;
    (b) a receptacle that weighs less than 150 kg when empty must be fixed to a wall or floor in a manner that prevents easy removal;
    (c) the locks of a receptacle must be –
    (i) of solid metal; and
    (ii) of an approved type;
    (d) any ammunition for the firearm must be stored in a locked container of an approved type that is kept separate from the receptacle containing the firearm;
    (e) any other prescribed requirement relating to security and safe storage.

    If a person doesn’t have access to correct storage during their visit (and Hotels/Motels generally won’t allow the storage of firearms/ammunition on their premises), they should arrange to store their firearms/ammunition with either a firearms dealer or a person who has compliant storage and has authority to posses the category of firearms that are being stored. As a last resort some police stations may accept firearms for safe storage (depending on sufficient space to do so).

    Clearly Tasmania Police have adopted a narrow view of ‘conveying’ that is to say that it relates to time spent in a means of conveyance traveling from place to place and not to the period of time that you are away from your residence or cannot reasonably access permanent storage and that if a firearm is not actually in the vehicle in transit or being physically used it should be in a safe.

    There is support for this interpretation in the legislation, and it comes down to as I have said whether one adopts a broad or narrow reading of the word ‘conveyed’.

    Thus a shooter travelling in Tasmania may take all reasonable precautions to secure a firearm, thereby complying with s84 of the Act, and even exceed the requirements set out for securing firearms while they are being conveyed, in Regulation 12, but by virtue of the fact that the firearm was not secured in a locked receptacle in accordance with s 85 of the Act when it was not being used at the end of the day’s journey the shooter has fallen fowl of the storage requirements under the Act.

    It has some scary consequences in the event of an ad hoc inspection at a campsite or motel and gives rise to some absurd consequences involving trying to locate a Police Officer in the middle of the night at a country station so that the firearms owner can sign out a firearm and travel to a hunting location or target shoot in order to be there at dawn or the start time of a competition shoot.

    This interpretation also has significant consequences for sales representatives employed in the gun trade who often carry firearms as samples.

    Given the small number of firearms stolen from vehicles (2%) and the absence of data related to thefts from motels and the small number of stolen firearms used in crime (2%) (see the Australian Institute of Criminology paper on Storage Firearms Theft in Australia 2007-2008) it suggests that, unless circumstances have changed since the Australian Institute of Criminology last looked at the problem the Tasmanian Police are seeking to solve a hypothetical problem with a solution that criminalises reasonable conduct by firearms owners.

    Firearms owners travelling with firearms in Tasmania should exercise extreme caution until this matter has been resolved.

    Simon Munslow
    National Firearms Lawyer


    David Abeni
    Contact : 0417 238 704

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