Calare’s legal gun owners will have their say
Calare MP, the Hon John Cobb has welcomed the announcement that the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) Review will establish a new Industry Reference Group to ensure the voices of legitimate firearm users are heard.
The review will ensure that the many licensed gun owners be they farmers or sporting shooters in the Central West will be represented in the decision-making process of the National Firearms Agreement review.
Australian gun law arrangements were put in place in the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 and are among the most restrictive in the world.
We all accept, particularly those of us who are firearms owners, that the use of firearms should be regulated and that the owners must be registered and responsible. They also have the right to be treated with respect.
Mr Cobb said, “This review is as a result of the Martin Place Siege which is intended to concentrate on dealing with the illegal importation and manufacture of firearms and the illegal gun trade in Australia”.
“I am well acquainted with the responsible shooting community of Calare and I am extremely pleased their interests are going to be heard sensibly and responsibly by a group of people we can communicate with and trust”.
Nationals Leader Warren Truss has also welcomed the announcement for the views of industry representatives to be included in the discussion.
In January, the Martin Place Siege Review recommended that the Commonwealth, States and Territories simplify the regulation of the legal firearms market through an update of the technical elements of the NFA.
The Industry Reference Group will include:
- The National Firearms Dealers Association
- Sporting Shooters Association of Australia
- Field and Game Australia
- Shooting Australia
- Shooting Industry Foundation Australia
- Firearms Safety Council (Victoria)
- An independent technical expert.