In this article, we look at:
- What the WA government is doing to shooters;
- What the NSC is doing about it; and
- What you can do to support the NSC
Don’t let this go unchallenged – and make sure your mates read this too.
Read this and remember to make some calls now, if you want to make a difference!
WA's gun laws: what you would expect to see in a third world dictatorship
WA already had the nation’s worst gun laws. They are not only well out of sync with the other states and the National Firearms Agreement, but are the most expensive in the nation – by far.
Transferring a gun in Victoria costs $9.20. Doing the same in WA costs $256 with no justification or transparency (check out our video on this to the right). Why?
WA Police can also change the category of a gun simply based on appearance – and without regard as to whether it is permitted in other states. Now that applies to calibres too.
It’s an arbitrary and punative regime, of the type often found under dictatorships. Plus in this case, Papalia chose to parade in front of the cameras holding a firearm – in a pose that would have made Fidel Castro proud.
Yet the state’s Police Minister, Paul Papalia, thinks its ok to make life even more difficult for shooters
He has banned gel-blasters and brought in a ‘review’ of the Firearm Act.
HE HAS ANNOUNCED regular mental health checks for every shooter. That alone will cost shooters out west hundreds of dollars every time they go to renew their licences.
We’ve got the runs on the board to fight. Now we have a fight.
WA Premier McGowan recently announced bans on a range of calibres and rifles. This follows similar bans announced in the past which we were able to defeat through legal actions.
The attacks keep coming, so clearly we need to do more.
If we don’t fight these changes, then some of these changes would easily find their way to other states. That’s why it’s vital that not only shooters fight this, but shooting organisations who have the funds to help mount challenges also pay attention.
In WA, that includes the Western Australian Firearm Traders Association and Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (WA), who claim to have ‘seats at the table’ with the government.
So far those organisations have refused to help us fight the government, which means it will be up to the NSC to do what it can to fight for shooters in the west.
going after marginal labor seats
IF YOU’RE A SHOOTER in Western Australia who has had enough of the attacks on shooters and want something done, then keep this in mind: your next state election is just 2 years away.
We’ve got a chance to mount an election fight now, which is what we intend to do.
One thing we can’t do is change the government. The opposition has just 2 seats in the lower house and it doesn’t look like becoming effective any time soon.
However, there are some Labor MPs who are in very marginal seats who we will be going after, to try and convince them to convince McGowan and Papalia that they need to change their approach – and fast. If they fail to do that, they might end up losing their jobs.
That’s why the NSC will be targetting the seats of Churchlands held by Labor’s Christine Tonkin and Warren-Blackwood held by Labor’s Jane Kelsbie (pictured left).
Labor needs to understand that silly political plays like this have consequences. We need to end some political careers now. Then maybe the government will listen.
What are you doing on Monday? Let your politicians know what you think
WE NEED shooters to hit the phones and let Tonkin and Kelsbie know that their political futures may depend on what Papalia does
If you have never called a politician’s office before, then now’s the time to do it. It’ll take you barely a couple of minutes to do and it’ll be the most effective way to get your message about the way you are being treated across to them!
Do this now!
You’ll also feel a lot better about doing this afterwards, because you will have made your point the easiest and clearest possible way. Remember – these are people paid by the taxpayers to represent you, and we all need to make sure we hold them to that!
We’ve already been able to shut MP offices down by having gun owners call them at the same time. That’s democracy at work – and the only way to make sure they get the message that there is a lot of anger out there that is of their own making.
NSC's PAC gets underway
A few weeks ago, we announced the formation of a Political Action Committee – or PAC for short.
We have completed membership of the PAC and the first meeting has been held. The PAC will develop a strategy to raise funds to campaign at the 2025 WA State Election, which will be backed by the NSC’s fighting fund.
This is the first pro-shooting PAC that has been formed, and it is fortunate that it is in WA, which is the state where one is most needed.
If you would like to join the PAC and support it’s activities, let us know at
NSC launches WA fighting fund
Of course there is always strength in numbers. If you’re unimpressed with what is happening in WA and believe in the need to fight back, then you can join the NSC here.
You can also donate to our new fund dedicated to the fight in WA.
We need to get our election strategy up and running as fast as possible to fight these new laws before they come into effect, so if you agree with the need to do that, please help us now – we need as many shooters as possible to put a stop to Papalia.