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!
We have changed things around slightly for suppressors. As suppressors are banned nationwide, but through each state and territory’s legislation, we have a whole new page.
Please click THIS LINK to take you to our suppressor letter templates.
Proposed changes to New South Wales Game and Feral animal Control Regulations
Dear Minister [INSERT YOUR MINISTERS NAME HERE],
I, [INSERT YOUR NAME HERE], am writing to you as my local member to express my support for the proposed changes to the Game and Feral animal control Regulation 2022 (New South Wales).
I wish to inform you as my local member that the proposed changes are supported by the hunting community and will provide a pathway to a safer hunting experience, safer hunting community, increase the appreciation of the natural landscape, provide a community service in the assistance of removal of pest species, and provide further opportunities for family bonding.
The New South Wales Government are proposing the following changes:
- Removing Section 13(3), restrictions on granting licences – to allow for the issuance of a hunting licence for minors under the age of 12
- Allow persons aged 16-18 to hunt using dogs, bows, and arrows, without adult supervision
- Allow persons aged 18 and older to supervise minors under 12 who are hunting – this would allow for older siblings, or other family members, to accompany younger siblings or other family members on hunts
I would like to note that persons under the age of 18 are already allowed to handle to shoot bows, on both private property and at target shooting clubs, with no issues with public safety.
I, and the hunting community of NSW, support these legislative changes. A person who from a young age is taught how to hunt and handle weapons in a safe and appropriate manner, who is taught the value of life, who learns firsthand where our food comes from, grows up to be a courteous person who has a greater understanding and appreciation of our food system, our wilderness areas, and values the lives of those around them. Furthermore, the contribution of hunters to the NSW economy and feral animal mitigation cannot be overstated, and these changes will only promote more people to enter this community to provide economic boosts and ecological benefits.
Thank you for your time.
[YOUR NAME HERE]
[YOUR NUMBER HERE]
[YOUR ADDRESS HERE]
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]