RUSSELL Davis has watched the State Government suffocate legal shooters with restrictions, but welcomes the decision to toughen laws on illegal gun use.
The former police officer who now heads the Sunshine Coast Shooting Club believes the government is on the right track in preparing legislation for tougher penalties and minimum mandatory sentences for illegal firearm use as part of Premier Campbell Newman's commitment to reducing crime.
Mr Newman said the amendments, which Cabinet had resolved in principle to implement, would give Queensland the nation's toughest gun laws.
aThese changes will send the clearest message to the community that the trafficking, supply, unlawful possession and use of illegal firearms will not be tolerated,a Mr Newman said.
aWe will do what's necessary to protect innocent Queenslanders and reduce crime.a
Mr Davis, who has been shooting for more than 50 years, said it was aabsolutely righta the punishments fitted the crime.
aPolice need to be given as many resources as they can and the laws need to crack down on unlicensed people,a he said.
aAn unlicensed person possessing or using any firearm, pistol, rifle or replica should have a mandatory jail term.a
The government needed to focus on people using and possessing firearms illegally, as there were already enough restrictions on legal shooters.
They were required to join a club and undergo six months' probation, participate in shooting competitions, obtain a gun licence, then a pistol which must be kept in a steel, rigid safe.
aWe don't need any more; there's so many rules and regulations,a Mr Davis said. …