Don’t let the rot in WA spread nation wide. Let’s stop it in its tracks.
THE PROBLEMS THAT SHOOTERS in Western Australia are well known.
They’ve got a police minister, Paul Papalia, who has:
- banned gel blasters;
- banned several calibres and firearms;
- wants to introduce mandatory mental health checks; and
- limit the availability of ‘property letters’ that enable shooter to go hunting.
Papalia has also brought in the highest fees in the nation ($246 to register a gun in WA, compared with $9.40 in Vic) and wants to rewrite the Firearms Act – his way.
He’s starting to make John Howard look good.
A broken system
There’s no doubt that what is happening in WA is driven by ideology, and not any particular need or problem. It’s not run by good policy.
It’s run by a minister who has no idea about firearms and a police regulator that couldn’t care less. They won’t even listen to the local shooting organisations.
The risk is nationwide
If you’re outside WA, don’t think that this won’t spread to other states.
With the tragic shooting of police in Queensland, the tragic shooting in NSW at Yamba and the school shooting in WA, there is a real risk that changes in WA could be picked up by other states – and wind their way into the National Firearms Agreement.
Why? Because the politicians will say the NFA “is more than a quarter of a century old” and “out of date”.
The way forward
That’s why the National Shooting Council is here. We appreciate that some shooting organistions have been proactive in protecting t heir interests, but we look at the broader picture.
Importantly, we’re in a war. It’s a war we’re not winning, but it is never too late to turn things around.
We’ve shown what we do: we work tirelessly to protect the rights of shooters and going after politicians who want to do us harm.
Importantly we have a plan to turn things around for us. We’ve already written to Labor candidates contesting other state, territory and federal elections, urging them to distance themselves from their toxic WA colleagues.
We’ve also been working with the WA media to get our views across – and we’ve been helping WA shooters understand and work through this mess.
What can you do?
There’s lots you can do.
In this article we explain how you can back the NSC – but don’t forget, you also need to visit your local member of parliament to tell him or her why their party needs to change the way it engages with the shooting community.
The more shooters who do this, the more effective we will become.
The rallying call
By JOINING the National Shooting Council, you’ll be helping us help shooters in the west, and stop the rot from spreading to other states.
We need to put an end to this. Help us stand united so we can finally have the voice that we’ve needed for so long.
Join, Donate, sponsor
There are different ways to support the NSC. Which way will depend on if you run a business that can sponsor us, if you are a shooter who wants to join us, or if you simply want to donate to our program.
Whatever you do, your support is greatly appreciated – and helps us fight harder than ever before.