Following a recent meeting with the office of Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan, SSAA Victoria is urging members to contact their local MP.
During the meeting, Minister Keenan’s staff emphasised that it was up to the states to adopt the new National Firearms Agreement in whichever way they saw fit.
Without action by sporting shooters across Victoria, the state’s MPs are likely to allow changes to our firearm laws, a recent motion in Parliament proves.
The Member for the Eastern Victoria Region, Jeff Bourman, introduced the following motion in March:
I move that this house:
- Acknowledges the legitimate recreational pursuits of sporting shooters and hunters.
- Recognises the contribution made to the economy and environment by recreational and sporting shooters in Victoria.
- Notes that changes currently being proposed to the NFA would place unfair conditions on law-abiding firearm owners, who have already proven to abide by stringent regulations that limit the use of firearms in shooting sports, recreational hunting and pest control.
While the voting was close, the MP failed to garner majority support. The results were as follows:
|Ayes, 18||Noes, 20|
|Atkinson, Mr||Barber, Mr|
|Morris, Mr (Teller)||Mulino, Mr (Teller)|
|Bath, Ms||Dalidakis, Mr|
|O’Donohue, Mr||Patten, Ms|
|Bourman, Mr||Dunn, Ms (Teller)|
|Ondarchie, Mr||Pennicuik, Ms|
|Carling-Jenkins, Dr||Elasmar, Mr|
|O’Sullivan, Mr||Pulford, Ms|
|Crozier, Ms||Hartland, Ms|
|Peulich, Mrs||Purcell, Mr|
|Dalla-Riva, Mr (Teller)||Herbert, Mr|
|Ramsay, Mr||Shing, Ms|
|Finn, Mr||Jennings, Mr|
|Rich-Phillips, Mr||Somyurek, Mr|
|Fitzherbert, Ms||Leane, Mr|
|Wooldridge, Ms||Springle, Ms|
|Lovell, Ms||Melhem, Mr|
|Young, Mr||Symes, Ms|
SSAA Victoria is encouraging every member to assess the results of the motion vote and determine whether their local member supported the motion.
“If your local member failed to support this motion, it’s imperative that you make an appointment and visit them, or in the very least call or email them to inform them of your disappointment,” SSAA Victoria Chief Executive Officer Jack Wegman said.
“It’s really important that each of those representatives is made aware of just how many firearm owners live in their electorate and how important this issue is to them.”
In speaking with these MPs, members are encouraged to inform them: You are aware of the above motion; you are disappointed in the lack of support given to sporting shooter constituents and they will lose your vote during the State Elections if they fail to recognise recreational shooters.
If your local member did support the motion, SSAA Victoria encourages you to get in touch with them and thank them for their rational vote, and ongoing support of recreational shooters. Ensure they are aware that they will be rewarded at election time.
Electoral offices, postal addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of each member of the Legislative Council can be found here: http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/electorates/ Search via your suburb to find your local member in the Legislative Council (coloured red).