This week the TFGA appeared before the Lower House inquiry looking at changes to firearm laws.
Firearms and firearm safety are an important consideration for the Tasmanian community and any changes should be considered carefully and involve robust, but mature debate. Unfortunately, over the last week or so such an approach has been in short supply.
The TFGA has at no time suggested relaxing the laws around firearms. However, what is clear and what has been articulated before the committee is a need to correct the deficits in the current Act. This legislation was drafted in 1996-1997 in a highly charged political environment. After two decades people have recognised that there were drafting anomalies and inconsistencies.
What the TFGA has sought is to rectify these and ensure farmers within the confines of the law can use firearms in a safe and practical manner.