The Australian Liberty Alliance gun policy as set out below is to attain a more balanced view of the legitimate use of guns for law abiding Australians. Furthermore, it is an attempt to stop the illegal use of arms. Finally, ALA’s policy aim is to streamline the National Firearms Policy and minimise government red tape.
1. Relevant Police services and accredited clubs should continue to run safety courses on gun education.
2. Replacement of individual State gun laws with a single Federal law.
3. Public gun owners should be allowed to keep their guns and ammunition in secure common sites not in their homes.
4. Only Australian citizens are eligible to apply for a gun license. Requirements for gun licensing should be increased to include, police check and doctor’s certificates. The latter should relate to the applicant’s psychological status, history of depression and any family dysfunction. Checks to be made every seven years with full renewal of gun license.
5. Assess the need for firearms amid private security companies.
6. Increase the mandatory penalty for armed robbery. At present in Western Australia it is four to six years. This could be increased to six to eight years with similar sentences for other people involved in the armed robbery. Furthermore, continual raids on bikie gangs including headquarters and their bikes.
7. There is no need to put inert ammunition into compliant cases.
8. Paintball and air rifles are exempt from the firearms act.
9. Allow the public to legally own pepper sprays for their own self defence. This is especially relevant for women.
10. Remove 3D printing from gun making for public viewing. This should also remove any Internet instructions for privately making a gun.
11. Category “S” should be made available for single shot firearms to be available for personal self-defence.
12. A review and simplification of the firearms categories. Review will be undertaken with input from organisations such as shooters and farmers associations.
In conclusion, the above is a brief outline of the Australian Liberty Alliance’s new firearm policy. It is neither conclusive or exclusive. However, we believe gun control is inevitable in Australia but needs to be rational and less bureaucratic. At the same time, it is imperative to stop illegal gun imports trade and ownership.