Unworkable ammo laws shelved after uproar


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Flawed and controversial ammunition control laws have been shelved in another victory for shooters as the NSW government runs into more problems with their implementation.

Condemned from the beginning by politicians of both major parties as well as the Shooters and Fishers Party, the rushed legislation has proved to be unworkable.

However, the legislation is not permanently off the agenda, and the NSW Police Minister, Michael Gallacher, may still be keen to find ways to implement it after championing it in the first place.

The Firearms Registry last week announced that new regulations would be imposed in March and April under recent amendments to the Firearms Act but met an angry reaction from SFP, which had successfully negotiated a different set of rules under the Act.

The details posted on the registry website about the Firearms Amendment (Ammunition and Club Armourers) Regulation 2013 have now been removed and there will be no change to the current systems for purchasing firearms and ammunition.

A message on the website says: “The Firearms Amendment (Ammunition and Club Armourers) Regulation 2013 has not been finalised. Accordingly, all documents referencing this amendment have been removed from our Website. We will update the site with all relevant material as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

This follows direct action by shooters, the SSAA, the industry and the SFP.

Many shooters responded to a call to action, writing to local MPs. SFP MLC Robert Borsak became directly involved in talks with police and the Firearms Registry.

Shooters are hoping the laws are indeed too flawed to implement and will be repealed, but this would require another parliamentary debate.


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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.

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