Category Archives: Gun law administration

Abandoned by The Nationals

20 years ago, the National Party lost a large part of its support base when it backed John Howard on the ban on semi-automatic firearms.  Shooters felt abandoned, and gravitated to  minor parties which emerged, such as One Nation.

They’ve forgotten history can repeat itself. Read more »

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The legal view of our ‘appearance’ laws

One of our legal minds has been looking at the ‘appearance’ provisions of the Victorian Firearms Act 1996.

The offending provisions are found in sections 3A and 3B of the Act which give the Chief Commissioner broad powers to either temporarily or permanently recategorise Cat A or B firearms on the basis of appearance. 

In fact, if you read what he has to say carefully, you’ll see it’s worse than that. The Chief Commissioner can recategorise firearms for reasons which go beyond appearance – or for no reason at all. Read more »

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What one international student had to ask when the LRD called

 

Some time ago we received an email from a shooter of Chinese origin who as trying to help his friend get a firearms licence.

The problem?  His friend is on a student visa, and is not a “permanent resident”. 

Yet the Firearms Act only requires someone who applies for a licence to be “a person”: it says nothing about the applicant having permanent residency. Read more »

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The advantages of illegal gun ownership

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