Politicians and bureaucrats who manage firearm policy and laws need to have some relevant qualification, such as a firearms licence. Otherwise what they say is guesswork.
Bad information leads to bad policy, which leads to bad laws. Laws based on the wrong information will never be effective or equitable.
A key cause of problems we have with our gun laws now is the absence of qualifications and experience of those who prepare policy advice for government. It is not helped by government and opposition members who might think they have a better state of knowledge than those who are properly qualified and experienced.
The problem this creates is an ignorance of the real legislative challenges, laws that target the wrong people and other missed opportunities that would benefit the broader community.
Portfolio ministers and every bureaucrat involved in the development of firearm policy or administration of firearm laws need to know what they are doing. Our position means that: