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 »

Our ‘map’ of Victorian shooting organisations and their affiliations


If you were curious about the “who’s who” of shooting in Victoria and who they are affiliated with, then we’ve got it mapped out for you!

A few years ago we prepared a ‘shooting map’ to explain this to members of the Firearms Consultative Committee – so we thought we’d dust it off, update it and improve the layout to show everyone else. Read more »

VCAT: Our new push to find out what the Victoria Police told the government

“If you haven’t got anything to hide,
then what’s the problem?”

That’s what the police will say when people won’t talk to them. 

Why then won’t they tell us what their ‘recommendations for firearm reform legislation’ are? Yep, Victoria Police has something to hide – and we’re leading the fight to find out what it is. Read more »

VEAC’s new investigation areas: more proposals to lock out hunting?

Last year we explained how the left-leaning Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) was pushing for the creation of the Great Forest National Park which could exclude hunting in a vast area covering north eastern areas such as Marysville, Kinglake and Mt Baw Baw. Read more »

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