Sunday Territorian

Gun post a real win


IT is obvious to see Senator Sam McMahon has not put the cue in the rack following not winning preselecti­on for the Country Liberal senate ticket in next year’s federal election.

Some months ago when first FedEx/ Toll and then Northline pulled out of firearms freight I contacted Senator McMahon and mentioned the dilemma.

She leapt at the opportunit­y to assist firearm owners and businesses.

She and Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie are keen field and game clay target shooters.

I have shot targets at the NT Field and Game range with the senators and even hunted magpie geese with Senator McKenzie.

They recognised the value of hunting, shooting and firearms within society and that this move could cripple farmers, vets, rangers, police, the Indigenous community, hunters, shooters and business in the Territory.

The Nationals have facilitate­d a solution to ensure the safe transporta­tion of firearms, after a decision by some commercial carriers left dealers and wholesaler­s without options to ship their goods.

Senator McKenzie and Senator McMahon hosted a meeting with Australia Post and national firearms industry representa­tives in August, with the objective to find solutions.

“Australia Post has thrown a valuable lifeline to all those involved in the industry by offering parcel post, express post, secure accept and collect, Startrack express and Startrack special services to ensure the safe, secure and reliable transporta­tion of firearms” Senator McKenzie said.

Senator McMahon said it was a positive outcome for rural and regional Australian­s.

“Viable freight options are necessary so these goods can be safely transporte­d from port to wholesaler­s and dealers, particular­ly in places like the NT where we have the additional tyranny of distance compared with places such as Sydney and Melbourne,” she said.

“This resolution means farmers and graziers who need a firearm for pest management or veterinari­ans who use firearms for humane animal welfare will continue to have access to those products because dealers can now have their stock delivered.

“It also means sporting and social groups who rely on the safe and secure transporta­tion of firearms will continue to enjoy their chosen activity.”

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