No loss is asgood as a win is the attitude the Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Committee(CFAC) has taken with the adoption of firearm importation regulationamendments.
The amendmentswere made to the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Amendment (Firearms) Regulation2013 as part of the push for a National Firearms Register through theDepartment of Home Affairs, a move started by the federal government in 2010.
Criticised bysome as merely a PR exercise to show some form of action on gun reform, theprocess earned the ire of national gun groups after CFAC was shunned during thedecision-making process this time last year, Home Affairs Minister Jason Clareaccused of ignoring correspondence and failing to take action on CFAC resolutions.
However, anabout-face by Clare saw CFAC back at the table and a number of draft amendmentswere dismissed as too onerous on legal gun owners, while the remaining 90 itemsthat have now been enacted will have no major impact on licensed gun owners.
CFAC is reportedto have described the outcome as a significant win.
“I guess itshould be accepted that we have not lost anything in the process, which intoday’s climate is one big win,” said one CFAC member.
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