Here you would find the latest’s campaigns we are under taking.
Remember just because a campaign doesn’t affect you, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get involved. We need all our voices to be heard. You may think that the campaign isn’t doing enough, but remember any win, no matter how small is still a win for the firearm owning community. We can’t move a mountain over night, we can however move a mountain boulder by boulder and rock by rock. Each small win (regardless of which organisation achieved it) helps the end goal. So get involved where you can and help us in the fight for shooters rights!
QLD Instructors Campaign
In Queensland, Firearm Safety Course Instructors are allowed to own a category D firearm for the purpose of instructing. However they are not allowed to import one and are limited to the few second, third or fourth hand semi-auto centrefires that are floating the market. This campaign aims to get “instructing” as a reason for import. It is one of, and thankfully very few, federal firearm legislation laws we as shooters are affected by.
Below is our Letter Template for this campaign for you to copy and paste (we encourage editing and submitting your version – just remember to keep it brief and polite) and send to your Federal MP.
Dear Sir/Madam [REPRESENTATIVES NAME]
I, [YOUR NAME HERE], am writing to you to address a concern I have that involves firearms and the rules regarding their importation. In Queensland, there are a number of professions who qualify for semi-automatic and high-capacity firearms according to Queensland state legislation (Queensland Weapons Act 1990, Queensland Weapons Regulation 2016, and Queensland Weapons Categories Regulation 1997). These include, but are not limited to, “Primary Producers”, “Occupational – Feral animal controller”, and “Firearms Instructors”.
To qualify for the licence, each person must undertake the ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) accredited course module “NAT11029004 – Use Category D firearms lawfully, safely and responsibly”. This is part of the wider “11029NAT – Course in Firearms and Weapons Safety (Approved for Firearms Licensing in Queensland)” course that is a prerequisite to apply for a firearms licence within Queensland and is overseen by a person with an aforementioned “Instructors” licence.
This is where issues present themselves. “Primary Producer” and “Feral animal controller”, and select others, category C and D licence holders are eligible for permits to import category C and D firearms from the Department of Home Affairs, whereas “Instructor” licence holders are not. This means that primary producers and pest controllers can and do buy brand new firearms, however, instructors – who have to teach primary producers and pest controllers – are relegated to second hand firearms already in Australia. These firearms are often in poor condition, presenting a Workplace Health and Safety issue, and out of date in terms of relevancy, as new category C and D firearms are different in operation. It is essential for pest controllers and primary producers to be trained on firearms that are relevant to their profession, it is also essential that firearm trainers and trainees are allowed to use tools and equipment that is safe – and at the current time as they do are not eligible for permits to import category C and D firearms, this need is not met.
I am requesting that the Department of Home Affairs add “Firearm Instructors”, those who conduct safety courses for firearms, to the eligible persons for permits to import category C and D firearms.
[YOUR NAME HERE]
[YOUR ADDRESS HERE – important because MPs like to verify if you live in their electorate before they get involved in an issue]