Category Archives: Ammunition Laws

The Grinch that stole reloading for Christmas – A Mark McGowan tale.

In a fresh Christmas blow for West Australian Shooters and under guise of legislation to tackle ‘gun crime’ the McGowan government is making an unprecedented move in Australian Firearms legislation to ban the reloading of ammunition. 

Furthermore the legislation is set to introduce a special repairer’s license, making it impossible for the average shooter to legally repair even minor issues on their own firearms. It is also going to make the possession of various spare parts illegal without a special permission from the police commissioner, such as a spare bolt or trigger mechanism. It is clear that this legislation is the most draconian ever proposed in this country and seems more motivated by a general hatred of the community and a desire to seek vengeance over complaints raised by shooters against the McGowan governments shutdown of the industry over COVID than any legitimate rationale.

Under Section 23AG of the legislation, it will be an offence to have any

(b) any type of digital or electronic reproduction of a technical drawing of the design of a firearm, major firearm part, prohibited firearm accessory or ammunition; 

(c) a plan, drawing, instruction, template or computer program, in digital or electronic form, for the manufacture or repair of a firearm, major firearm part, prohibited firearm accessory or ammunition; 

(d) a hard copy of a digital or electronic thing referred to in paragraph (b) or (c).

The only people who can be licensed for possession of any ‘Firearms Technology’ are Repairers or Manufacturers, meaning that to even browse the wikipedia entry on any cartridge that shows its critical dimensions you will require a Manufacturers or Repairers license. 

This image of a .303 catridge’s dimensions will be illegal for anyone in WA to possess. 

Whilst some shooters seem to be in denial about this it is clearly stated in the government’s media release.

“New provisions are also being made to target those involved in the backyard manufacture of traditional firearms, major firearms parts or ammunition.” You can also take a read of the bill here.

The legislation is a virtue signalling abomination with the typical useless elements of making something already illegal, doubly illegal. “The proposed amendments will also make it illegal to manufacture plastic 3D firearms, with anyone caught facing a maximum 14 years in jail” Ignoring the fact that manufacturing a firearm of any type without the correct license is already a serious criminal offence.

And this is leaving aside the morally dubious but now growingly typical use of firearms legislation as a proxy tool via FPO’s to harass anyone unwanted by police out of the State. The FPO’s allow the ongoing search, surveillance and general hassle factor on any individual to be raised to intolerable levels with the clear purpose of driving them out of the region. All without any meaningful judicial oversight it is clearly forms an extra judicial punishment more so than focusing on any real public safety goals.

But Mark McGowan passing totalitarian legislation that wouldn’t look out of place in Communist China is something we are rapidly growing to expect. 

A new WA? Dodgy firearm confiscations in South Australia

A disturbing new trend in South Australia

We have received worrying correspondence from a licenced shooter in South Australia that is of great concern.

The shooter in question, a family man of a young child with a disability, has recently been targeted by South Australian Police (SAPOL)’s firearm branch in a mirror of tactics used by Western Australian police – “high performance calibres”

Without divulging too much information, a very expensive firearm was seized and ‘de-registered’ by SAPOL’s firearm branch WITHOUT compensation. The shooter, who regular shoots long distance competitions (including The King of Two Mile shoot), has owned this firearm for two years with no issue.

The shooter recently attempted to acquire a new barrel from an interstate dealer, in a new calibre. Under the Firearms Act 2015 (SA), he would have 7 days to notify the registry of a change of calibre. The shooter was not afforded this time, and the barrel was seized in the mail enroute to him. SAPOL then attended the shooters house a number of times, and seized the firearm, accessories AND his mobile phone from him, stating that its calibre was prohibited in South Australia.

In fact, the shooter had recieved written correspondence that he could use certain ranges approved for those calibres. The shooter also has access to huge areas of rural land that he has permission to shoot on. At no point in the Firearms Act 2015 (SA) does it mention a list of prohibited calibres. The shooter was NOT charged by SAPOL. To make matters worse, SAPOL have imposed several restrictions on the shooters firearm licence, including banning him from owning any of the calibres listed below:

None of these calibres are listed in the South Australia Firearms Act

For someone into long range and extreme distance target shooting, this a death knell for this shooters preferred hobby.

SAPOL have, in our view, acted unfairly towards the shooter. The shooter is engaging with legal counsel, and we can confirm that he intends to fight this in court. We are supporting the shooter, and will be writing to key ministers and SAPOL’s Chief Commissioner about the matter.

There is a worrying rot happening in South Australian Police’s Firearm Branch. We will work to assist people unfairly targeted by these draconian decisions.

Sam Lee whinges about Queensland ammunition laws

Seems third times’ a charm for our favourite Soros-financed ultracrepidarian:

“QUEENSLAND police have warned the State Government that imposing limits on ammunition sales could lead to “negative publicity” – a claim that has frustrated anti-gun advocates, who say police have allowed economics to drive gun-control policy.

The State Government is yet to introduce limits on the sale of ammunition, despite agreeing to do so in the latest National Firearms Agreement signed with the other states and territories in February last year. The measures would mean ammunition could only be sold to a person in accordance with the guns they are licensed to carry, and limits would be imposed on the amount they could buy in a given period.

 But in a ministerial briefing written towards the end of last year, police warned that such a move could lead to negative publicity. “Additionally, due to the tyranny of distance, economic circumstances and weather extremes in outback Queensland, a primary producer or feral-animal controller may only make a trip to buy ammunition once or twice a year,” an assistant commissioner wrote. “Imposing a limit on the amount of ammunition that does not take into account these contingencies could result in negative publicity.”

The assistant commissioner also suggested there was no evidence that the limits would enhance public safety or reduce criminal activity. The briefing was released under Right to Information laws, and a Queensland police spokesman confirmed it was sent to the relevant minister.

 But Samantha Lee, who chairs Gun Control Australia, said it was a “sad state of affairs” that the assistant commissioner was allowing inconvenience and economics to drive gun regulation. “The regulation of ammunition has been a gaping hole in Australia’s gun laws for many years now,” she said. “Last year, Gun Control Australia (commissioned) an independent report into the state of Australian gun laws. “The report found that our gun laws are in big trouble of ongoing erosion, (with Queensland) helping to lead the way.”

 Police Minister Mark Ryan said there had always been “historic variations” to the National Firearms Agreement among the states and territories.“Buying ammunition is not like buying milk at the corner  store,” he said. “It is strictly regulated by a robust system, and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and QPS are able to track all sales and buyers. “As QPS has advised, the Firearms and Weapons Policy Working Group is still considering ammunition regulation, and we look forward to the outcome.”

You can read the memos in question here but here’s a brief snapshot of the gist:

For once, some common sense from QPOL. Now, if only they would apply the same to farmers and Category H licences.

The National Firearms Agreement is a non-legally binding agreement and if Sam was to be truly honest (don’t hold your breath) you will infamously recount how Queensland was financially blackmailed by John Howard into accepting the NFA, by withholding federal funding until they did.

Ammunition limits are pointless bureaucracy and authoritarianism and are just incremental civilian disarmament. The infamous ammo bill in NSW doesn’t work and the Nationals have been forced to water it (slightly) down – it will not work anywhere else.

And while Sam sits in her air conditioned Legal Aid office in Sydney playing keyboard authoritarian, she’s prepared to shill for ammunition limits and make loads of rural Queenslanders and farmers drive thousands of kilometres to insure their livelihood.

Pure genius. Look forward to the explanations given by the geniuses at Queensland Labor when the cost of food goes even higher and the pest problem gets worse.

But is this really to be unexpected from Gun Control Australia – where anything more than 2 ammunitions is considered unacceptable.