Shooters and Fishers Party MLC Robert Borsak has welcomed changes to the NSW Firearm Registry’s prohibited weapon silencer genuine reason form and fact sheet.
These changes follow representations by Mr Borsak to the Deputy Premier and Police Minister Troy Grant.
“The Shooters and Fishers Party is a fierce advocate for law abiding firearm owners’ rights,” Mr Borsak said.
“We found that the Registry’s forms were inconsistent with the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998, so we sought to have this problem fixed.
“The Act provides nine genuine reasons for applying for a silencer permit, yet the existing form did not include all of these, including the recreational and sporting purposes genuine reason.
“Firearm owners have a legitimate need to own and use silencers including increasing the effectiveness of vertebrate pest control and reducing disturbance of livestock.
Mr Borsak commended Justice and Police Minister Troy Grant for his understanding that firearm owners are not criminals and deserve to be treated as such.
It should be noted that existing silencer technology does not allow a firearm to fire with zero sound, but moderates the sound produced.
Watch a television interview in which Robert Borsak explains his position silencers on HERE.¬†
Read this article in the Sydney Morning Herald, which reports that the gun control lobby is predictably up in arms over the decision.
Get a recent Kiwi perspective on silencers in this You Tube clip.