SA firearms review loaded with regulation
Legitimate firearms owners denied representation in the drafting of proposed new firearm regulations in South Australia will bear a heavy burden if the draft is adopted without significant change.
The Australian Deer Association and Field & Game Australia have jointly submitted a raft of amendments in response to the Draft Firearms Regulations 2017 document.
Within the draft regulations, there are numerous examples of unnecessary and unsubstantiated changes, which add layer upon layer of complexity for organisations, dealers, collectors and individual firearms owners.
ADA and FGA sent a joint letter to the SA Police Minister in April 2016 advising we would test changes against a set of criteria. A request to participate in a closed consultation process during the drafting phase was denied.
The chief concern of ADA and FGA with the outcome to date is that facts and data do not underpin the reason for changes and in many cases the ‘problem’ being solved hasn’t even been articulated.
We have learned to be wary of decisions that avoid facts and data and have no scientific or practical basis. These decisions are often founded on ideologies, instinct or even prejudice.
While we are encouraged that feedback is being sought from a limited group of shooting industry representatives, this is a case of putting the cart before the horse.
We do not oppose regulation, but we do oppose the imposition of additional unnecessary regulation and particularly measures proposed that would compel firearms owners to act as agents of regulatory bodies.