The NSW Greens have published their policies on their website in preparation for the election in March. Among them is a policy on firearms.
The policy would do Hitler proud, despite owing its origins to the avowed hard leftie (and former convenor of the Coalition For Gun Control), Lee Rhiannon. Here are a few key aspects:
- A ban on all semi-automatic handguns
- Strengthen uniform gun laws and the national register of firearms
- The abolition of existing minors permits
- A national standardised safety firearms training system for all licence categories
- A prohibition on guns being stored in the home except for disabled antiques.
- Guns to be stored at gun clubs, with “firing mechanisms” stored at police stations.
- A ban on the so-called sport of ‘combat shooting’ where participants use semi-automatic handguns to shoot human-shaped targets in simulated scenarios
- General reasons for licence cancellation – not of good character, conviction for an offence involving violence within the past five years, contravene firearm law; unsafe storage, no longer genuine reason, not in public interest due to (defined) circumstances, not notifying of change of address, licence obtained by deception
The policy also seeks to make legal gun ownership increasingly impossible. Some of its provision include the following
- Publicly expose the aims and tactics of the gun lobby.
- Regular unannounced checks by police or another enforcement body to ensure that individuals and clubs are abiding with firearm storage regulations
- Immediate and mandatory police confiscation of all firearms from people who show themselves to be unfit to hold a licence, and where a license has been revoked – this is to apply to both interim domestic violence order and those who are subject to a domestic violence order
- Tough legislation to reduce firearm ownership, education on the dangers of firearms
- All persons seeking a licence required to have no criminal record involving violence, have a character reference from an authorised member of the community and the right of veto by household (immediate relatives or partners) members.