Australian shooters are treated poorly. Ever since 1996, shooters have been faced with the ill-conceived National Firearms Agreement and persecution for engaging in their sport or using firearms on their farms. Every time there is a firearms incident in America, the media attempts to compare America's "free-wheeling" gun culture with Australia's "transformative" firearm control regime. This ignores the fact that lightly regulated states such as Vermont have very low rates of firearm violence and areas like Washington D.C. and Chicago, which have the toughest gun laws in the country have the worst rates of firearm violence while Australia's trend of pre-NFA declining gun violence has not materially changed.
Australian shooters are law abiding and responsible. Rigorous testing, checks and safety requirements must be passed in order to obtain and legally use firearms.
Law abiding firearm owners are the easy targets for harsh new laws and police scrutiny whilst unlicensed criminals who do commit gun violence are ignored as the culprits.
The Liberal Democrats stand up for licensed shooters, always have, always will. Our federal member, Senator David Leyonhjelm has consistently stood up for shooters rights. Senator Leyonhjelm is a life long shooter and understands the threats posed to shooters by lawmakers. He has always stood up to protect shooters' rights when other politicians shy away. When the ANZAC range at Malabar (Sydney) was threatened with closure by Labor court action and Liberal indifference, it was Senator Leyonhjelm who negotiated a new 25 year lease. Senator Leyonhjelm has also opposed firearms bans, such as the Adler import ban.