SA firearms re­view loaded with reg­u­la­tion

Field and Game - - NEWS -

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.

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