Australian Greens Spokesperson for Gun Control and Senator for NSW, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has welcomed the Senate voting for her motion reaffirming support for the National Firearms Agreement and rejecting tactics of the gun lobby to weaken our gun laws. The Greens motion was supported by Labor, Senator Hinch, Senator Storer and Centre Alliance and opposed by the Government.
Senator Faruqi said:
"Passing this motion is a welcome sign that the Parliament will not give in to the gun lobby which seeks to water down our successful gun control laws in order to sell more guns.
"It is extremely disappointing to see the Government vote against this motion.
"The gun lobby's attempts to replicate NRA tactics in Australia are reprehensible and must be rejected.
"The NRA is a blight on the American democracy. The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia – SIFA – is bankrolled by gun industry heavyweights such as Beretta.
"The gun lobby is becoming increasingly active in election campaigns with a clear strategy to weaken gun laws. SIFA contributed $220,000 to a political campaign in Queensland last year, and at least $165,000 to a political campaign in Victoria this year.
"This shouldn’t just alarm us, this should terrify us all – we have to make sure our gun laws are never be watered down" she concluded.
That the Senate:
1) Notes that
a) There have been more than 50 breaches of the National Firearm Agreement across Australian states and territories since it was implemented in 1996
b) Corporate members of the gun lobby group Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA) include suppliers and manufacturers of weapons such as NIOA, Raytrade, Outdoor Sporting Agencies, Winchester and Beretta who stand to benefit from relaxed gun laws
c) Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA) becoming increasingly active in election campaigns with a clear strategy to weaken gun laws. The gun lobby group contributed $220,000 to a political campaign in Queensland last year and is contributing at least $165,000 to a political campaign in Victoria this year.
2) Calls on the Federal Government to ensure that the National Firearm Agreement is complied with in all Australian states and territories.
3) Calls on the Federal Government to resist moves to weaken Australia’s gun control laws.