Union wants volunteers

Shoot­ers Union Aus­tralia throws sup­port be­hind One Na­tion poli­cies

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - Emma Clarke emma.clarke@qt.com.au

THE peak body rep­re­sent­ing gun own­ers has thrown its sup­port be­hind One Na­tion.

Shoot­ers Union Aus­tralia is ac­tively try­ing to re­cruit volunteers to hand out how-to-vote cards in the lead-up to the Novem­ber 25 elec­tion. One Na­tion has can­di­dates in Ip­swich West, Ip­swich and the new seat of Jor­dan.

Shoot­ers Union Aus­tralia Pres­i­dent Gra­ham Park said the La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s sign­ing of the Na­tional Firearms Agree­ment (NFA) was the main rea­son he wanted to lend a hand.

Mr Park said the La­bor Gov­ern­ment had em­braced leg­is­la­tion that would im­pose am­mu­ni­tion lim­its, close all shoot­ing (ri­fle or pis­tol) clubs that don’t shoot Olympic or Com­mon­wealth events, re­move ju­nior li­cences and dis­al­low sport­ing shoot­ers the right to hold mul­ti­ple mem­ber­ships at pis­tol clubs.

“Queens­land La­bor has flagged it wants to in­crease firearm reg­u­la­tions that will im­pact law-abid­ing firearm own­ers, rather than crim­i­nals,” Mr Park said.

“We’ve been talk­ing with all the Queens­land po­lit­i­cal par­ties to see which party is most com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing law-abid­ing firearms own­ers’ rights.”

Mr Park said the Shoot­ers Union’s top pick for an Ip­swich-based can­di­date sup­port­ing firearm own­ers’ is­sues was Ip­swich West hope­ful Brad Trus­sell, from Pauline Han­son’s One Na­tion.

Mr Park said his or­gan­i­sa­tion had called on volunteers and sup­port­ers to “help en­sure firearm own­ers can make an in­formed de­ci­sion at the bal­lot box.”

“Shoot­ers Union has worked tire­lessly with pro-firearm can­di­dates across party lines. Le­git­i­mate firearm own­ers have had enough and are now look­ing for can­di­dates, for Queens­land Par­lia­ment, who are not go­ing to di­min­ish their rights,” he said.

“We’ve iden­ti­fied can­di­dates with a strong per­sonal com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing law-abid­ing firearm own­ers – peo­ple pas­sion­ate about cut­ting red tape that chokes shoot­ers, but takes a hard line with firearm thieves.”

Shoot­ers Union Aus­tralia rep­re­sents the views and in­ter­ests of al­most 200,000 le­git­i­mate firearm users across Queens­land, as well as gun own­ers in other states, by pro­mot­ing the rights of re­spon­si­ble own­ers, ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic about re­lated is­sues and ad­vo­cat­ing for sen­si­ble leg­is­la­tion.

Go to shoot­er­sunion.com.au/sup­port­ers for de­tails.

❝ Shoot­ers Union has worked tire­lessly with pro-firearm can­di­dates across party lines

— Gra­ham Park

PHOTO: CHRISTO­PHER CHAN

CALL­ING RE­CRUITS: Shoot­ers Union Aus­tralia is ac­tively try­ing to re­cruit volunteers.

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