Breach – Our Unsecured Data

Breach – Our Unsecured Data by A W Jones.

As a gun owner I expect certain things from the police, just as any other citizen does. Courtesy, professionalism, and a timely response to any issues. I think that’s a fair call. What I don’t expect is my personal details and information about the firearms I own or their location spread all over the internet, or my firearms license to be sent to another person. Sadly or more to the point, continually this is not the case.

In the last few years there have been a constant string of suspected breaches, none of the weapons licensing branches have actually come clean and said if they were hacked or not in any definitive way. Firearms  licence holders details are potentially being kept on an unsecured server, and  there are enough thefts to warrant firearms owners being, if not paranoid, then downright suspicious of where the data is ending up, and in whose hands.

It’s interesting to note that recently a police officer on the Gold Coast was stood down facing criminal charges for accessing the police data bases to get the current address for an acquaintance, of said acquaintances ex partner. Think about that for a moment, this guardian of public safety decided it was ok to pass on the details of someone and place them at risk of violence. What else was he passing on?

The cold hard truth is that many of the boys in blue are not fit to wear the uniform and are content to break the laws the are supposed to uphold. I have the utmost respect for those that do their job properly but it seems that these officers are now in the minority.

What this latest incident shows us is that the system of firearms registration in this country is seriously flawed. The people in charge have no idea or technical knowledge in most cases about firearms of any type.  Who could forget the Victorian assistant commissioner claiming;

“ I’m not really sure what it is but I think it’s some kind of automatic”

For those of you that missed it, he was talking about a savage bolt action tactical rifle! There is a clip of the interview floating around on the internet. If this sheer stupidity wasn’t so tragic it would almost be comical. Unfortunately, this kind of incompetence is what shooters are facing on a daily basis from the upper levels of police forces across the country and these are the people that are supposed to administer and guide the system.

Personally I have had many an argument with the Queensland Weapons licensing section about everything from importing magazines to the number of rounds you can stuff into a Winchester 30/30 and FYI, according to Queensland Weapons Licencing Branch it’s a single shot. And yes I have the paper work to prove it.

So how do we combat this? Honestly I really don’t know. I do know the people responsible for these monumental, and please pardon the term fuck ups, need to be held to account. In the private sector any of the recent breaches would be a sack-able offence. In my opinion the current system is a shopping list for criminals and terrorists and should be scrapped along with the farce that is the National Firearms Agreement.

AHP #123 – Straight Shooting

AHP123 - Straight ShootingThis Straight Shooting Podcast is the pre-election special for the federal election 2016. It is important that you vote for your pro gun parties in both the senate(white ballot paper) and your local area(green ballot paper) to secure your gun rights for the future. The Liberal party is planning to change laws after the election, we cant let that happen.

Jason and Muzz discuss;

  • Jason calls 2GB with Ben Fordham discussing the Orlando Shooting
  • The SSAA Shot Expo in Sydney
  • Senator Ricky Muir on 3AW with Derryn Hinch
  • Senator David Leyonhjelm on 2GB with Alan Jones
  • FUDD comments from gun owners
  • Itunes comments

There’s more, but we’ll let you discover it as you listen to this new episode of the Australian Hunting Podcast.

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AHP #108 – Straight Shooting

AHP108 - Straight ShootingJason and Muzz return to the Straight shooting podcast, the first of 2016. We have lots of topics to cover in the shooting community to cover. It is going to be another big year for shooters rights with the pending NFA review coming in April 2016.

Jason and Muzz discuss;

  • Police Minister Troy Grant in defence of law abiding shooters
  • Robert Borsaks Sky News interview with Richo
  • Muzz review on his new Adler
  • Listeners voicemails and emails
  • Apathetic Shooter segment and Facebook anti gun comments
  • News and current affairs in the shooting community
  • The presidential race in the USA and who is pro gun

There’s more, but we’ll let you discover it as you listen to this new episode of the Australian Hunting Podcast.

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Australian Gun Control: Hoplophobes Say The Darndest Things!

6916260-3x2-940x627Written By Dennis DeMartins

Another eventful week in Australia has seen the ongoing battle against the ban on the Adler and upcoming NFA review take a few new turns. Some for better, some for worse and some on the insane side (wish I’d known that on my wedding day).

The Adler ban was temporarily shot down at the Federal Level and sent back to the states for review. Given the conduct of respective states’ Police Ministers in recent weeks however, it looks like things could get comical.

Sporting Shooters Victoria released this video in response to the continuous stream of non-factual facts from Gun Control Australia clown Sam Lee. David Shoebridge is apparently upset he wasn’t part of the video, given he’s too busy being embarrassed and having anti-hunting bills overwhelmingly defeated in NSW Parliament.
However, it was one main move in Victoria which earnt the spotlight this week.
The Combined Firearms Council of Victoria announced that Victoria Police hadn’t really announced that there were changes to firearm transportation laws under Section 126 on the Firearms Act.

Victoria Police and Minister (for Hoplophobes) Wade Noonan continued his outstanding run of underhanded form by deciding to pull a fast one and change the laws regarding transportation of firearms, without informing firearm owners or consulting shooting groups. Obviously, Noonan didn’t think to use the outstandingly efficient multimillion dollar licensing infrastructure to inform license holders of the potential changes, as he was too busy mailing out generic emails to the masses of unhappy firearm owners who Noonan has been so (not) open and receptive to. Cut Wade some slack, he’s needed to replace his Ctrl and C keys three times this year.

The amendments include:

“Police will treat each individual case on its merits and there may be circumstances where the guidelines are followed but criminal charges are still warranted if the overall security of the firearms are compromised due to aggravated circumstances.

For example if a firearm is securely stored in the trunk but the owner of the vehicle is driving the vehicle while intoxicated or speeding they might be considered to have compromised the security of the firearm. Additionally circumstances such as this may indicate that the firearm owner may not really understand the responsibilities required for proper firearm ownership.”
It continues. The below changes (thanks to the Combined Firearms Council of Victoria) consist of the original amendments (crossed out) and then Victoria Police’s sudden retraction issued last Friday (in red).
Firearms are to should be transported in a padded cover or hard case, unloaded and preferably rendered inoperable.
While being transported, firearms and ammunition are to should be kept out of sight and stored in separate receptacles that are either secured to the inside of you [sic] vehicle or in a lockable component of your vehicle.

Cartridge ammunition is to should be stored separately from the firearms in a part of the vehicle not readily accessible by an unauthorised person. A lockable glove box would suffice provided the key to the glove box is kept securely by the holder of the firearm licence and cannot be accessed by persons unauthorised to possess ammunition or firearms.

Victoria Police have a lot to explain here. How exactly does being a few km’s over the speed limit “compromise the safety of the firearm” if the firearm is already securely stored in the vehicle? What level of “intoxication” is deemed in breach of storage? How does this apply to storage compartments of multiple vehicle types such as utilities, station wagons and hatchback type cars, etc?

This whole issue raises two major concerns for firearm owners, and indeed citizens, in Australia.

Firstly, firearm owners and the general public were not aware that Victoria Police also had a legislative function. Secondly, the amendments put forward were so vague that the interpretation was clearer than mud to say the least. The existing law, which although very heavy handed has been working fine without incident for years, obviously needed updating and salary justification in the eyes of a few mouth breathers in the Victorian Public Service.

Minister Noonan obviously saw fit that due to the Senate Inquiry from earlier this year that clearly demonstrated that less than 2% of firearms used in crime were stolen from licensed owners, and something clearly needed to be done, because “something something think of the children”. This is the same police force that genuinely believes it can get the road death toll down to zero. In reality, it’s the same inch by inch gun rights erosion schtick from the gun grabbing crowd we’ve all come to know and love. Using speeding as an excuse to take licenses away is also a very sneaky attempt by Noonan and co, most likely trying to do this while the public is distracted by the events in Paris.

In fairness, Victoria Police are just trying to emulate their brethren to the north at NSW Police, who only last month advocated doing away with the Australian Senate after Senator David Leyonhjelm got them right in the feels over their handling of A-league fans. With this trend of state police taking over legislative and executive functions of government, one can only wonder what the wonderfully arrogant Jo Ann Miller has planned for the Senate-less Queensland. WA Police have declined to comment, as they’re too busy shooting non-aggressive dogs.

This comes right off the back of NSW Police announcing their new rules of engagement for active shooter scenarios. There’s no reason that the public shouldn’t have full confidence given that 57% of officers fail to pass the actual course, spend one day at the range a year to maintain currency with their handgun and as witnessed this week, are having trouble even getting them out of their holsters.

Noonan and NSW Police were not to be outdone however, as a late entry from (in)Justice Minister Michael Keenan took the lowest common denominator award this week for announcing that “ Australia’s robust gun laws would prevent a Paris style massacre occurring here”. Keenan’s confidence was no doubt boosted in the knowledge of France’s strict gun control preventing the casualties in Paris as well as in Mali, and that Man Monis and the murder of Curtis Cheng were just “minor indiscretions.”

He could also take solace in the fact that a man in NSW was found with a Thompson SMG, a Good Samaritan shot at in Melbourne, a drive-by shooting with an illegal .22 rifle in Canberra and home invaders shooting defenseless elderly people in Queensland in just the past 3 days, were all also just “minor indiscretions.”

Don’t tell Jo Ann Miller about the last one.

AHP #68 – The Canadian National Firearms Association’s EVP Blair Hagen

AHP068 - Blair Hagen

I had the pleasure of interviewing Executive Vice President of Canada’s National Firearms Association a few weeks ago. Canada, like Australia, has an uphill battle against their government and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. If you listen to Blair Hagen, you will see that our organisations in Australia need to take note of what political activism is.

Blair shares his knowledge, interests and opinions on:

  • The Canadian National Firearms Association and what they stand for
  • The relationship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and law abiding firearms owners
  • Current gun laws in Canada
  • The current obstacles for gun owners in Canada
  • What types of firearms you can own in Canada
  • That a Canadian firearms licence only grants you temporary indemnity from prosecution(Listen to this part!).

There’s more, but we’ll let you discover it as you listen to this new episode of the Australian Hunting Podcast.

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