Our policy on firearms (update 2018) 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 firearms. Finally, ALA’s policy aim is to reform the unsatisfactory National Firearms Agreement and minimise government red tape.
1. Individual state firearm laws to become fully aligned with a reformed National Firearms Agreement, including a national firearm licensing scheme and national database for the registration of firearms.
2. A review and simplification of the firearms categories. Review will be undertaken with input from organisations such as sporting shooters, hunters and farmers associations.
3. Paintball, airsoft and air rifles with limited muzzle energy shall be exempt from licensing.
4. Allow adult Australians to legally own pepper spray for their own self defence.
5. A new category “S” license should be made available for personal self-defence. Licence holders shall be restricted to one long arm with limited specifications, which may not be removed from the residence. The firearm, with up to six rounds of ammunition, must be stored in a purpose-built under-bed steel locker fixed to the floor, or a compliant gun safe.
6. Only Australian citizens and permanent residents from New Zealand shall be eligible to apply for a gun license. The requirements to apply for a gun license should include a doctor’s certificate relating to the applicant’s psychological status and history of mental illness.
7. Assess the need for firearms amid private security companies to minimise the risk of criminals infiltrating the industry, or crime gangs setting up such companies as cover.
8. Increase the mandatory penalties for all criminal acts involving firearms. Furthermore, continual raids on criminal organisations involved in the illegal trade and ownership of firearms.
9. Ensure those firearm owners who cannot, or prefer not to store their guns and ammunition at home, can do so in secure common storage. We will support accredited shooting clubs to provide such facilities. This in no way impedes all other gun owners, who prefer to store their firearms and ammunition in secure storage at home.
10. State laws which require storage of inert ammunition into compliant cases shall be revoked.
In conclusion, the above is a brief outline of the Australian Liberty Alliance’s firearm policy. It is neither conclusive nor exclusive. We recognise and support law abiding Australians who use firearms regularly and safely for occupational, sporting, and recreational activities. 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 effectively stop illegal gun imports, trade and ownership.
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