Shooting advocates: let police concentrate on criminals

THE Martin Place siege inquiry has called for a reversal of increasingly complex paperwork for licensed gun owners, Gympie shooting advocate Ron Owen said yesterday.

Mr Owen said the joint Commonwealth/New South Wales review recommended simplified regulation of the legal firearms market to allow police to concentrate on the illicit firearms trade.

Mr Owen says 500 people have already indicated their support for gun law liberalisation, in an e-petition launched only last Friday.

He says Gympie MP Tony Perrett sponsored the petition, which calls for laws that concentrate police resources on criminals rather than law abiding licensed gun owners.

He also claimed support from the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, which called for Australian governments to investigate "avenues to deregulate the firearm industry to ease the economic burden on governments, industry and legal firearm users".

This contradicted the prejudices of non-elected public servants advising the Council of Australian Governments, which would meet on Thursday, despite a lack of any consultation with gun owners.

Gympie Times

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