Intrusive medical and personal questions have been added to Firearms Licence Applications and renewals in Queensland; also there have been several existing licences revoked based on police accessing private and personal health information from sources they refuse to disclose. My recent discussions with Graham Park from the Shooters Union confirm this disturbing enigmatic development.
The natural consequence of this is that many licensed shooters who have these conditions may not seek medical help when desperately needed. For example, applicants suffering from diabetes, heart conditions, sleep disorders or other
physical impairments are in QPol’s sights to be denied a firearms licence. Have QPol really thought this through to its natural consequences, ie the early preventable demise of licensed shooters because they fear this discrimination and resultant unjustified stigma in the wider community?
Do we live in a fair, tolerant and democratic nation where people, through no fault of their own have impairments, when we can be denied access to a sport which is more suited than most to those with disabilities, or debilitating health complaints?
The Shooters Union of Australia has produced a short video to graphically explain just what can be visited on demonstrably good citizens in the spurious name of risk management AKA blatant and invasive discrimination.
If you are a Queenslander, whether a shooter or not, make your voice heard to your local member of parliament and you may wish to cc your correspondence to Bob Katter in Federal Parliament.
Follow this link to see the Shooters Union response and the informative video