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Even experienced hunters have to arm themselves with knowledge. That is why Leader of the NSW Nationals Troy Grant and Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair joined Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson in Gunnedah to announce the launch of GunSmart, a new firearms safety campaign aiming to keep hunters safe.

Though the vast majority of licenced gun owners who go hunting are responsible, the GunSmart campaign is targeting everyone to ensure that even experienced hunters remember the importance of using guns safely and responsibly.

As an ex-policeman and the Minister for Police and Justice, our Leader Troy Grant understands the need to get the basics right:

“Simple things, like treating every firearm as though it is loaded, pointing a firearm in a safe direction at all times and only loading a firearm when ready to fire, can substantially reduce the risk of firearm related accidents from occurring.”

Hunters can shoot down to their local range or ammunition retailer to pick up a free safety kit. The kit includes firearm safety chamber flags, gun bag zipper key rings, materials for gun safes and a poster. The GunSmart kit aims to trigger the message of responsible gun ownership.

With the increasing level of gun ownership in the Tamworth electorate, Kevin believes the campaign with remind owners to follow the simple firearm safety steps. The eight fundamentals of firearm safety are:

  • Treat every firearm as though it is loaded.
  • Always point a firearm in a safe direction.
  • Load a firearm only when ready to fire.
  • Identify your target beyond all doubt and know what is beyond it.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
  • Never rely on the firearms safety mechanism.
  • Store and transport firearms and ammunition separately and safely.
  • Never handle or use firearms when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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