HISTORY is littered with those who collaborated with the enemy to ensure their fellow countrymen were controlled and suppressed.
The NSC has long believed one of the reasons shooters in WA have it so bad compared to other states, is because of the “enemy within”.
In other words, those within their own shooting organisations who work against their fellow shooters for whatever reason.
We will be running a series of stories exposing just what has been going on in WA starting with WARA (West Australian Rifle Association) and its Executive Officer, Sarah Hoglin.
Papalia's 50 cal media stunt with WAPol
On 22 March 2022 WA’s Nine News ran a story about the “dangerous” guns that were out there in WA and in the hands of criminals. The story featured then WAPOL Police Commissioner, the Premier Mark McGowan, and Police Minister, Paul Papalia.
At this media show, a WAPOL marksman fired a .50 Calibre rifle with nine news footage showing the fired round penetrating through multiple layers of bricks. This was the beginning of Papalia’s “war on shooters”. His message was that .50 Calibre rifles were in the hands of criminals, and this was why tough new gun laws were needed in WA!
It was subsequently revealed in the WA Parliament that WAPOL had in fact purchased the .50 Cal rifle paid for by WA taxpayers, just for the media conference and from a WA gun dealer, no less!
The media conference was about creating fear in the community so that the public would support what Papalia and McGowan were planning for WA shooters and worse was to come.
The NSC was told, and has confirmed, that the media conference and WAPOL’s firing of their new toy took place at the WARA range at Pinjar, which is part of the Wannero shooting complex.
Depending on choice of ammunition load, windage etc: most .50 Cal rifles will easily shoot 1.5-1.8 kms and there are recorded military sniper shots from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars of .50 Cal rounds hitting targets at 2.285 kms away.
In WA range certification is done by the shooting organisations themselves. WAPOL only physically attend to certify a range if range changes are made. The NSC has an email from WAPOL confirming this in writing.
Worse still, nearby is an unmanned military airfield, RAAF base Gingin, which is used by the air force for pilot training and as an emergency landing strip.
It is also used by the Pearce Aero Club, who store members light aircraft there as well as use its landing and take-off facilities.
So what did WARA do or say about WAPOL using its range inappropriately? Nothing, not a peep!
WARA knew what occurred but chose to stay quiet and WAPOL chose to deliberately breach the regulations and law it as the WA Firearms regulator is tasked to enforce and uphold.
WARA knocks back NSC range offer
Earlier we mentioned WARA Executive Officer, Sarah Hoglin. The NSC can reveal that in April 2022 some enthusiastic local NSC members approached us about using a disused WARA range at Dalwallinu, which is about 3 hours from Perth.
This small band of locals were prepared to work hard and restore this neglected, run down, disused range using their own time and money if the NSC could obtain a lease on the site from WARA.
With this in mind our WA NSC Rep, Mark Heelas travelled out to Dalwallinu to meet the locals and check on its condition first hand and report back to the NSC Executive. Once we received Mark’s report we asked him to contact WARA and arrange a meeting to discuss a future for the site.
Mark met with Sarah Hoglin in person and was told that WARA wanted a formal proposal from the NSC and more detail and information on the NSC’s plans and intent for the site.
The NSC’s Vice President then attempted to contact Ms Hoglin. We tried to reach her sending emails, SMS texts and leaving voicemails on her WARA mobile phone number.
We NEVER received any response from her or anyone else at WARA. Even a polite refusal of “no thanks, not interested” would have been a common courtesy and professional behaviour.
We now understand this was all part of WARA/SSAA’s deliberate strategy to keep the NSC locked out of WA at all costs as having access to a WA range for NSC members would have allowed the NSC or our sister group HSSA (Hunters and Shooters Society of Australia ) to apply for “genuine reason” status in WA.
Furthermore we have been told by a very reliable source in the WA Shooting community that Ms Hoglin has said “I’m not afraid of the NSC“ when she was told we would be approached for help by another WA party having their own problems with WARA.
This is just one example and the first story in the series that exposes just how badly WA shooters are being sold out by those who take their money and claim to represent their best interests. We will be revealing more soon and if you’re a WA shooter and want to fight against and stop Papalia’s War on Shooters, joining and supporting the NSC really is a “no brainer”.
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