Politics: A quick guide for young shooters
This is a 'must have' for anyone who loves their #hunting or target #shooting. It explains how important politics is for shooters and what they can do about it.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Politics: A quick guide for young shooters
I love my shooting
Then you need to
care about politics
Want to find out why?
Shooting is political
Like it or not, shooting is heavily affected by politics. Politicians have
long made it their business to restrict what guns we can use and
where we can use them, to go after easy, inner urban votes.
Some politicians are in safe seats. This means they won’t be voted
out of office any time soon - and are safe to continue pushing for bans
on what we do.
However the majority of politicians either hold their seats by only a
few votes, or by a margin that may not remain ‘safe’ as the
demographics of their electorates change.
Shooting is political
If enough young shooters vote the right way, it could make a
big difference on whether you can continue shooting in the
We might even be able to win a few things back.
That means your vote is very important
The 1996 National Firearms Agreement was the
Federal Government’s response to the tragic killings of
35 people in Port Arthur.
While the idea of a national approach to firearm usage
seems attractive, the Agreement was rushed and had
a number of problems with it.
• took away semi-auto longarms used for farming, sporting
• demonised shooters in the eyes of the rest of the
• attacked the credibility of the shooting organisations who
organise the events you participate in.
The Government had no interest in working
with the shooting industry.
After the shooting of two people at the Monash University in
2002, the Federal Government moved to restrict the calibre,
capacity and minimum size of handguns.
The problems with these changes were much the same as
those from the 1996 NFA.
Again, the Government had no interest in
working with the shooting industry
In 2015, a firearms importer posted a video online of a person
using an Adler A-110 lever action shotgun. No-one was hurt.
Opponents of firearm usage called the firearm a ‘rapid fire’ gun
which started calls in the media for its immediate prohibition.
Around the same time, the Federal Government had been
contemplating a review of the NFA and said the review would
also include consideration of whether lever action longarms
should be ‘reclassified’.
The Government is likely to reclassify rifle and shotgun lever
actions so that:
• 5 shot lever actions become a Category B firearm; and
• Lever actions with a capacity of more than 5 shot become
a Category D (ie. the same as military type firearms).
The Government continues to target
the shooting industry
… and it will not stop.
It is not difficult to see that future restrictions will be proposed.
Some of them will get up if shooters don’t change their voting
Other restrictions they could call for include:
• Scrapping junior shooting licences;
• Reclassifying some calibres to Category C (ie the same as
• Reclassifying detachable longarm mags to Category C; and
• Requiring monitored alarms and / or heavier safes on all home
We’ll do the work for you
As each election comes around, we will review the
candidates and policies of the major political parties.
Then we will provide advice on the best candidates to
vote for if you want to keep on shooting.
We’ll also let you know who to avoid voting for (such
as the Greens).
The worst thing you can do is reward lazy
politicians by voting for them again
The best thing you can do is follow the CFCV’s
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