If the facts are boiled down, the biggest problems faced by shooters are common with those of people in all heavily regulated areas the world over. Read more
Is a bow and arrow illegal in NSW, and the vexed problem of ‘technical breaches’ of the criminal law.
There is considerable uncertainty in the minds of shooters about the circumstances under which children and adolescents can access and use firearms.
No mention of open government, fairness, rationality or effectiveness. The Guidelines actually in the decision-making flow chart asks the decision maker ’Will the decision have a significant impact on public perception of the FR’.
I can find little evidence of Police actually using the Penalty Notice system, indeed there is a lot of ignorance amongst Police that this system actually exists.
The P650 form is proving to be a major problem for the NSW shooting community, as it seems to be used as a means of preventing people from lodging an application, and therefore placing them into an administrative ‘limbo land’.
A well-placed source has advised me that there are moves afoot to ban straight pull firearms by ‘bracket creep’.
What the government has done, is to criminalise being normal.
Criticised for being an attempt at disassociating his title in the public eye from the mess that the NSW Firearms Registry generates.
I recently represented two shooters who were charged with possession and use of firearms in the Victorian Alpine National Park. They had been confused by the signage.
Australia has, via the approach adopted, caused a wound to the National psyche that is not healing- shooters remain isolated and angry.
As with all aspects of life, prevention is often the best course, and firearms owners are best served by not making assumptions, and by handling your firearms in all instances according to a drill.
Dealing with home invaders is a bit like situations where people try to catch snakes- there is a big risk of being bitten. Here, the risk of being bitten comes not only from the perpetrator, but also the Police.
Police did not blame themselves for granting the permit, and are now targeting anyone who shoots and who is involved in a Family Law break up.
I believe this confused state results from the disconnect between Police / Registry demands and the legislation.
My experience is that the Registry 'cherry pick' decisions that justify a negative outcome for shooters.
NSW Auditor-General Margaret Crawford on Thursday released a report into the Firearms Registry, which is part of the NSW Police, and found gaps in how it manages requirements for gun licence holders.