Attorney General Mark Dreyfus and Australia’s Police Ministers met this week, driving the implementation of a National Firearms Register and announcing a public consultation paper with an air of urgency.
Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia (SSAA National) Media and Politics Officer Rachael Oxborrow spoke with ABC Brisbane following the announcement, questioning the motives to push through a National Firearms Register and give a snapshot into firearm ownership in Australia.
The concept of a National Firearms Register was raised in late 2022 following a horrifying act of domestic terrorism. Elected leaders from around the country predictably called for a firearm law review to abet public outcry until it became clear there was more to the story of the perpetrators and system failings may have contributed to the tragic events playing out. A National Cabinet meeting of Premiers and the Prime Minister confirmed moves towards a National Register in February and plans appear to be progressing quickly.
The concern SSAA National continues to have, is whether calls for a National Firearms Register would prompt discussions of inappropriate legislation changes and how this would impact us as law-abiding licensed firearm owners.
SSAA National will be preparing a submission for the Attorney-General’s consultation paper in the coming days.