Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Australian Federal Election is Rapidly Approaching & Dillon AeroCalendar Giveaway

We have had a very eventful few months with regard to protecting our rights to private firearms ownership here in Australia. The law abiding gun owners of this nation have proven themselves time and time again that we are responsible and pose no threat to the community.  

We have been attacked from many different angles by the anti-gun groups, media and sympathetic gun grabbing politicians.  We knew that the 20th anniversary of Port Arthur was going to stir up the anti's and the biased mainstream media. We fared quite well because we stuck to using fact and logical arguments to win the debate. Us as gun owners cannot control the mainstream media but we can become our own media. I am doing it right now by blogging away right here.  There was an amazing presence on facebook and twitter that certainly turned the tables on the debates and online polls.  We need to keep doing this to stay in front on the online debate, but we must also not forget to write letters and make appointments with our elected politicians so that they know exactly where you stand, and the votes they will lose as a result of you actively campaigning against them if they fail to represent your views..

We have a rare double dissolution federal election rapidly approaching. This means that it will take half of the votes that are normally required to elect pro gun senators in all states of Australia. I am not going to tell you or anyone how they should vote as I hope that you guys are able to do your own research and come to your own conclusions.  I am lucky in the fact that my family are all gun owners and they know how to vote to help preserve their right to own guns.

As I said previously, I wont tell you how to vote, but I am going to tell you how I am voting.  I am a Queenslander and I will be voting for the Katter's Australian Party candidates in the upper house. I will then find the next best party, working my way through the list.  I will place the 2 major party's 3rd and 2nd last, with the greens* dead last.

Why the KAP candidates? Its simple. Robbie Katter & Shane Knuth have been the most vocal and supportive politicians in the Parliament of Queensland. I have been kept in the loop with regards to how these two gents have represented us, especially behind the scenes that most people don't get to see.

If I was a NSW resident, I would be voting Liberal Democrats first. David Leyonhjelm has been one of the few voices that have stood up for shooters. He was instrumental in ensuring that the greens* senate enquiry majority report was in fact very pro gun. He has a zero compromise attitude when it comes to gun ownership. He is all in and not afraid to say it!

Victorians have been well represented by Ricky Muir. Ricky even went so far as to make a video about the Adler shotgun to explain that it wasn't a rapid fire semi auto kitten killing menace to society. I believe that the Country Alliance also have a very good record on private firearms ownership. I would get in touch with both and then make up my mind based on the meeting.

This is where my expertise on firearm friendly politicians that take a no compromise stance of private gun ownership ends. If I was living in the other states, I can only say that I would put the greens* last.  There are a few other party's that are pro gun on the surface but they seem to have dropped the ball and aren't representing to the best of their ability.  I do hope that they are able to rectify this and get back in touch with those that would support them. If they were to take an attitude more like David Leyonhjelm's, perhaps they would get a lot more support. 

So now to the giveaway! 

I feel its time I gave back to you, the readers that visit my blog. I have 3 x 2016 calendars to give away thanks to the great guys at Dillon Aero.  In case you are unaware, Dillon Aero manufacture the M-134D-H Miniguns that are fitted to the Australian Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters. These guns have been decisive in many firefights in Afghanistan. Word even spread around the Taliban to not shoot at the big helicopters with the white horses on them because they shoot back.
These calendars are extremely tasteful and feature beautiful ladies with some very impressive equipment. (I am talking about the hardware!) 



In order to be eligible, like and share this post on facebook and/or twitter and I will select 3 winners at random at a time of my choosing.  If you happen to click on one of the ads on this blog, it will help cover the cost of postage to the lucky winners......barely.

* greens are not deserving of a capital letter.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Primary Producers are not Criminals!

It's time our government stopped treating law abiding gun owners as criminals in waiting!

Queensland Police Minister Bill Byrne's response to a question asked by KAP's Robbie Katter during question time was nothing short of a total insult to the primary producers of Queensland. 

For decades, farmers have used handguns in the course of running their business without incident. 

Click on the video link below and listen to this clueless politician waffle on about how he doesn't think that farmers need "concealable weapons" and how he has consulted Ag-force  about the use of handguns on properties.

This is the same Bill Byrne that used guns inside his home to shoot rats/mice but he doesn't want farmers to have a convenient firearm (handgun) for their daily use.

Law Abiding Firearm Owners Inc. can confirm that there have been no formal discussions between the minister (or representatives) and Ag-Force.  Could it be that the minister has deliberately mislead parliament on this matter?

Its a well known fact that he and his predecessor have purposely fobbed off shooting and industry groups for well over a year. When was this meeting held and who with?  Many in the shooting and primary production community would like to see the meeting minutes. Our guess is that there are none.

We call Bill out on his BS. Why not tell the truth?  The truth is in the below paragraph.

Qld Weapons Licensing Branch have implemented a new policy of rejecting handgun license applications and renewals simply because somebody there doesn't want people to own handguns, even though there is provision for primary producers to own them in the Queensland weapons act. 

Did the police tell the minister how he should think? Does the minister have a mind of his own? Is he capable of having an original and rational thought? Do the police have some dirt on the minister which forces him to act like a dill in parliament?  Dirt so good that would end his political career?


A large calibre handgun is an ideal firearm for rural use. Its small size means it is easy to carry on a belt, can be carried on all modes of transport including motorcycles, quad bikes, and horses. These aren't generally used for the purpose of pest control, but are very convenient for euthanasing livestock and humanely dispatching kangaroos that are caught in fences etc. A properly holstered handgun is completely safe. In contrast, high powered rifles are heavy, cumbersome and present many dangers to farmers, especially to those that ride farm bikes.

The minister uses the term 'weapon'. An inanimate object only becomes a weapon if it is used to cause harm to another person. Guess what Bill, farmers don't use their handguns as weapons!

But there are police officers in WLB that don't quite understand this. Apparently they are now experts on primary production. I wonder what the pass mark is for the animal husbandry exam they sit at the police academy? 

This is why the authorized officer's discretionary powers must be removed from the Qld Weapons Act.

   
Even though something may be perfectly legal, they can say no on a whim just because they don't like it. Combine that with the power to influence their minister on these matters and you end up with a bureaucracy deciding how farmers should run their farm. 

So much for elected representatives serving the people who voted them into power.....


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Sunday, 1 May 2016

The International Guide to Australian Gun Laws

When using social media, especially periscope, I'm often asked about gun laws here in Australia. Its hard to answer all the questions without getting into the finer details that reveal the multiple levels of red tape implemented by government in an attempt to discourage ordinary Australians from participating in the shooting sports and its associated lifestyle. I hope by referring you to this post, you will understand the nightmare that is the gun control experiment in Australia.

 

Below are answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding Australia's ridiculously restrictive gun laws.

 

"Is there a second amendment similar to that in the USA?"

In Australia, we don't have rights to firearms ownership enshrined in our constitution.
 

"Can you own them?" "I thought guns were illegal in Australia"

Yes, Australians are allowed to own firearms, however you must meet certain criteria (genuine reason) before you are allowed a license. The genuine reasons are:
  • Hunting
  • Sports & target shooting (proof of club membership required)
  • Primary producers (farmers etc)
  • Professional pest controllers
  • Security guards
  • Firearms safety/training instructors
  • Gunsmiths/Armourers/Firearms dealers
  • Collectors
Note that self defence and defence of the home/family is not a genuine reason to own firearms.


Do Australians have to register their firearms?

Yes, all firearms must be registered even though it has been proven that there is no public safety benefit.

"Do you need a license?" & "What are the prerequisites for obtaining a license?"

Yes, a license is required to own firearms in Australia. In order to be able to obtain a license for long arms, an applicant must:
  • Complete a firearms safety training course (usually one day in length at a cost of around $130)
  • Provide a genuine reason from the above list
  • Provide adequate identification documents
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Pay the application fee and yearly license fees ($250 for 5 years)

"What about Handguns, are there extra requirements to own them?"

Yes. Handguns are highly regulated in Australia.  To obtain an handgun license (non occupational), you must:
  • Be a member of an approved shooting club for a minimum of 6 months
  • Have competed a handgun safety course
  • Participated in a minimum of 3 handgun competitions
  • Pay the application fee and yearly license fees ($265 for 5 years)

Restrictions on what you can and cant do with your handguns:

You can: 
  • Use your handguns at an approved shooting range 
You cant:
  • Use your handguns on private property
  • Use your handguns for the purpose of hunting
  • Carry guns on your person for the purpose of self defence


Lets now discuss how bad the system is here in Australia

License Issues


So lets say you already have a license for rifles.  If you then obtain a handgun license, you will receive a totally separate license, they aren't even printed on the same card. You have to pay the fees all over again for each additional license.  For example, I have 3 firearms licenses.  I have a rifle license, a handgun license and an firearms instructors license. These are on three separate cards that I carry in my wallet with 3 separate fees payable. I have a 9mm handgun registered to my sports and target license, but I am not allowed to use that same gun on my instructors license.  I have to purchase an additional gun to use just for instruction!


Types of firearms allowed on a rifle license (Sports & Target, Hunting)

Most Australians are only eligible for the target shooting and hunting licenses.  There are 2 categories of firearms allowed for use, those being A & B.

Category A
  •  Single shot rimfires, repeating rimfire (bolt action, lever action, pump action, straight pull & revolving)
  • Shotguns (single shot, double barrel & lever action)
 Category B
  • Single shot centrefire, repeating centrefire (bolt action, lever action, pump action, straight pull & revolving)*
  • Black powder rifles




*Note: Magazine capacity restrictions apply for rifles with detachable magazines, 10 rounds maximum.


Types of firearms allowed with a handgun license & associated restrictions

All handguns for sport and target competition have minimum barrel length and magazine capacity restrictions. Revolvers must have barrels at least 4" in length, 5" for semi-automatics. Possession of magazines greater than 10 rounds is a criminal offence.
  •  Rimfire (single shot, semi-automatic & revolvers)
  • Centrefire up to .38 calibre (single shot, semi-automatic & revolvers)
  • Black powder 
Sports and target competitors who wish to own handguns that are over .38 cal to a maximum of .45 cal must participate in either handgun metallic silhouette or single action cowboy competitions.

Now, to the part that really stinks.  If we wish to retain ownership of our handguns, we must participate in a minimum number of handgun competitions each year. I have a 9mm and a .45acp so I must shoot a minimum of 4 per calibre category.  If I only had one calibre category, I would be required to shoot 6 competitions.  If a licensee fails to comply, the police have the power to revoke the license and force the sale or surrender of the handguns.

 

Lets now explore the restricted firearms categories

The below firearm categories are deemed to be "too dangerous" for a licensed law abiding individual to own. 

Category C
  • Pump action/semi-automatic shotguns with a capacity of up to 5 rounds
  • Semi-automatic rimfire rifles with a capacity of up to 10 rounds
Category D
  • Pump action/semi-automatic shotguns with a capacity of more than 5 rounds
  • Semi-automatic rimfire rifles with a capacity of more than 10 rounds
  • Semi-automatic centrefire rifles
Category C is generally reserved for the purpose of primary production (farming), professional pest controllers, security guards and instructors.
Category D is reserved for primary production (when it can be proven there is a need for that particular firearm type), professional pest controllers and instructors.

Note: Someone who is eligible for a category C & D license goes through the exact same background check as any other license holder.

 

 Additional Requirements

 

Purchasing Firearms

If you wish to purchase a firearm, you must apply to the police for permission. You must provide details of the gun you are purchasing and pay yet another fee of $38 for the privilege. If the police approve your purchase, they will issue you with a "Permit to Acquire". Only after receiving this permit are you allowed to collect your purchase from the dealer or individual. All individual to individual sales must be brokered via a licensed dealer.

 

Storage of Firearms 

All firearms must be unloaded and kept in a locked safe with the bolts removed or the action broken where possible.  Ammunition must be kept in a separate locked container away from the firearms.  


Police Inspection of Firearms

The police reserve the right to inspect firearms and safes without a warrant of any kind.  Generally this means a marked police car in your driveway which then causes alarm with the residents of your street.


Summary

Australian gun laws are overly repressive, cost the taxpayers millions and divert police resources away from real policing duties. There is no measurable effect on public safety. Some will say that the laws have stopped mass shootings. It is true that we have had no mass shootings in Australia for the last 19 years, however in New Zealand, they still allow their citizens access to semi-automatic rifles and there has not been a mass shooting in the same time period.  It is interesting to note that Australia and New Zealand share nearly identical cultural values.

For those of you who live in the USA, please take note.

When your politicians speak of gun law reform like Australia's, they mean registration and confiscation. It has nothing to do with public safety. The only effect in safety will be the reduction in safety for you, the law abiding citizens. Don't jeopardize your family's safety.  Be proactive and support organizations like the NRA

 
https://home.nra.org/


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