Shooters Union Australia is endorsing Robbie Katter and Pauline Hanson candidates in the election and is calling for volunteers to support pro-firearm candidates by handing out how-to-vote cards at the upcoming State Election.
Shooters Union Australia President Graham Park cited the Labor Palaszczuk Government’s signing of the National Firearms Agreement as the main reason behind the decision.
“Queensland Labor has flagged it wants to increase firearm regulations that will impact law abiding firearm owners, rather than criminals,” Mr Park said.
“We’ve been talking with all the Queensland political parties to see which party is most committed to supporting law-abiding firearms owners’ rights and we’re looking for volunteers and supporters to come along to help ensure firearm owners can make an informed decision at the ballot box.”
Mr Park said the Shooters Union’s top picks for Western Queensland candidates supporting firearm owner issues were from the Katter Australia Party and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, including Robbie Katter in Traeger and Mark Higgins (PHON) in the neighbouring seat of Gregory.
“The KAP had vowed to stop further reclassification and restrictions under current agreements, which was what legitimate firearms owners wanted to see more of,” Mr Park said.
“The Palaszczuk Government had agreed to make the NFA law, embracing legislation that would impose ammunition limits, close all shooting (rifle or pistol) clubs that don’t shoot Olympic or Commonwealth events, remove junior licenses and disallow sporting shooters the right to hold multiple memberships at pistol clubs.
Mr Park said Shooters Union, which represents 200,000 firearm owners in Queensland, was working with with pro-firearms candidates across party lines.
“Legitimate firearms owners have had enough and are now looking for candidates, for Queensland Parliament, who are not going to diminish their rights,” he said.
“We've identified candidates with a strong personal commitment to supporting law-abiding firearm owners – people passionate about cutting red tape that chokes shooters, but takes a hard line with firearm thieves.”
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