The Shooters Party campaign in the NSW state election is based on the proposition that if they do not win a seat it will be won by the Greens. The Greens, of course, are strongly opposed to gun ownership.
The Shooters Party claims this will give the Greens the balance of power in the Upper House, with four members, and thus the ability to wreak havoc on law abiding sporting shooters. Its main pitch to shooters is that they should vote Shooters Party in order to prevent that occurring. As shown in another post, its positive policies are pretty tepid.
The prospect of the Greens having the balance of power might scare some NSW shooters (whether or not that is a realistic likelihood, given the other minor parties in the Upper House), but it is a fact of life in WA. There, the Greens really do have the balance of power in the state’s Upper House.
WA’s firearms laws are no worse than those in NSW, despite that. In some respects they are better.
Most parties attempt to offer a positive alternative to the status quo. This election will determine whether negative claims are an effective way of getting elected.