The Nationals in the Senate have condemned state Labor governments for using COVID-19 to enforce outrageous bans on the sale of firearms and ammunition.
The Australian Senate today supported Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie’s motion despite Labor and The Greens voting against it.
Senator McKenzie’s motion called out state Labor governments for failing to recognise and respect the significant social, economic and environmental benefits of hunting and shooting to Australia.
As a proud law-abiding firearm owner herself, Senator McKenzie said she was sick and tired of the biased and discriminatory behaviour towards fellow law-abiding firearm owners by the likes of Labor and The Greens.
“Today in the Senate, Labor and The Greens showed their true colours in voting against this motion. Restrictions, regulations and policies affecting recreational shooters and hunters, farmers, fishers, law-abiding firearms retailers, owners and the firearms industry should be based on facts and not ideological dogma,” Senator McKenzie said.
“State Labor governments have backtracked and reversed their shifty, outrageous attempts to ban the sale of firearms and ammunition. This is thanks to strong fact-based advocacy from our shooting and hunting groups and National Party MPs and Senators.
“These bans were ill-informed, and it was unfair treatment of recreational shooters who contributed $2.4 billion to our economy in 2018.
“The disgraceful agenda of Labor and the Greens has been laid bare. They used an international health pandemic to try to stop us doing what we love, shooting at our local clubs or hunting with family and friends.”