Australian governments are moving closer to total gun confiscations, and shooters must halt it by demanding rights to own and use firearms, Robert Borsak says.
“It may not be a Constitutional right to keep and bear arms in Australia, but it is our Constitutional and democratic right to fight bad law and prevent it from getting worse,” the Shooters and Fishers Party MLC said.
He also warned that Australians were at risk of having fewer freedoms, powerful and unaccountable policing, and too much violence portrayed in all kind of media.
“John Howard’s gun laws were set up to begin the eventual confiscation of all firearms in Australia. National and state bureaucrats are working on this, slowly, as political opportunity allows.”
Mr Borsak pointed to what he called the “steal back” of large-calibre handguns in 2002 as evidence on the creeping imposition of new bans, as well as to the NSW ammunition control bill, which has been enacted but is yet to be implemented.
He also sounded a warning to US shooters, who under Barack Obama face restrictions modelled partly on John Howard’s gun laws.
“American shooters are right to think Obama has to be fought at all costs,” Borsak said. “He has nothing good in mind for gun owners, hunters and shooters.
“The problem is a lot more complex than populist politicians like Obama and Howard are prepared to admit.
“Easier to go with the media flow, criminalise law-abiding firearm owners and set them up for decades of persecution and ‘fall guy’ status for every time a real criminal or isolated, drug-addled lunatic does something with any gun. The recent rubbish from Philip Alpers supports this position.
Borsak wants to see the National Firearms Agreement scrapped, with all states instead agreeing to guarantee Australians have rights to hunt, fish and shoot.
His full statement is available on the SFP website.