In an email just to hand from Robert Brown of the NSW Shooters and Fishers Party (TSFP), he angrily reported that the controversial NSW Ammunition Control Bill, which was recently passed in the Upper House with the support of Labor, the Greens and some independents, has now been passed in the Lower House, with the National Party members abstaining.
While many of them were making noises in opposition to the bill in the leadup to its presentation to the Legislative Assembly, they piked it by abstaining instead of recording a no vote, like staunch Independent Richard Torbay, who must be congratulated for his stand.
While TSFP can wield some power in a split vote in the Upper House, when both major parties are against you they have nowhere really to go. It ain’t their fault – they’ve been fighting like hell to staunch the iniquitous bill.
Where to now? The two Robs will now be looking at seriously softening the Regulations that will be the practical nuts and bolts of this legislation.
The advice to all NSW shooters now is, take out a loan and stock up big-time on factory ammo now, so this bill has minimal effect down the track. Please work to keep your local gun shops in business, so they don’t cop the effects too much. By buying in bulk further down the track, you will also lessen the horrendous administrative burden this will have on your local dealers.
For now, don’t let the bastards grind you down.