Petition Tag - handgun

1. Open Carry, Saskatchewan

The Bill of Rights of 1688 contained, as its leading term, the right to bear arms. Back when Canada was technically still under English rule they allowed the citizens the right to bear arms for protection, so why not now?

According to the Canadian Charter of Rights And Freedoms, under the Constitution Act of 1982, under Legal Rights, Section 7; Life, Liberty and Security of Person: "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice." Under Section 12; Treatment or Punishment: "Everyone has the right not to be subject to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment."

When you read those 2 sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights And Freedoms, how can you argue that openly carrying a firearm is not safe? Would people commit crimes if they knew everyday citizens have the ability to stop them? I don't think so. We in Canada have what is called an "Authorization to Carry" license, however, the Provincial Chief Firearm Officers (CFO's) have agreed not to issue such licenses. The law in Canada says you can defend your life with equal force of your attacker, it also says the law acknowledges the possibility of an individual requiring a restricted handgun for protection from other individuals when police protection is insufficient.

It seems as if the government doesn't find human life valuable enough for Canadian citizens to obtain a legal permit to open carry. How can you defend your life with "equal force" if the person threatening your life has a gun & you don't? It seems like a double standard to allow Police, Attorneys, Judges, & Money couriers the right to bear arms for defensive purposes, but as private citizens, we don't have the right to do the same.

2. Allow the sale of firearms on Facebook

Facebook has been a much safer and more consistent place to sell items than craigslist since the sell tab was released.

It is legal to sell firearms in a person to person transaction at an FFL in the majority of states.

Facebook should not bend to the governments pressure to disallow the sale and discussion of firearms under the first and second amendments.

3. Remove Handgun Caliber Restrictions in Australia

For a decade now, handgun caliber restrictions and magazine restrictions have been in effect after a tragedy involving a high caliber handgun.

Sporting shooters are unable to use handguns with a caliber of more than .38 inch or 9mm unless they are involved in a specialized competition e.g. metallic silhouette which requires a high caliber handgun.

The law entitles sporting shooters to own high velocity, low caliber cartridges but not the lower velocity, high caliber cartridges with a larger projectile. Sport shooters are also limited to 10 rounds or less which creates a major disadvantage during competition shooting events.

The purpose of this petition is to remove unnecessary caliber restrictions and increase the maximum magazine capacity from 10 to 15 keeping public safety in mind.

4. Repeal the Handgun Ban

The current Firearms legislation was introduced in 1997 in the wake of a truly horrific shooting in Dunblane. The intent was that by removing legally held handguns, the volume of handgun associated crime would be reduced. In reality the exact opposite has resulted. Since 1997 the number of offences involving handguns has rocketed. This has effectively disproved any connection between the legal ownership of handguns and gun related crime.

Many have been concerned over the way in which the Dunblane massacre occurred. Thomas Hamilton held a firearms certificate and the handguns he used were legally held. The supporters of the ban cite this as the prime reason for banning the legal ownership of handguns. What they fail to recognise is that the prevailing legislation had within it checks and balances, which if they had been correctly applied would have ensured that Hamilton's license was revoked and all handguns removed from him. Aside from Thomas Hamilton, two other parties bear responsibility for the massacre. These are the individual who witnessed his application for a firearms certificate and who stated that Hamilton was, in their view, a fit person to keep firearms. The other party is the local police, who should have run background checks to satisfy themselves that he was a suitable person, as well as interviewing him and ensuring that place he intended to store any firearms was secure.

The 1997 legislation was a knee jerk reaction. If the same response was applied to other major loss of life caused by an individual, we would have banned all public transport as well as the car. It was more a case of political showboating on the part of New Labour in the run in to a general election. It has demonised thousands of individuals for no benefit. It cost the taxpayer millions in compensation and did nothing to halt the rise in gun crime, notably that involving handguns. It affected a large number of small businesses - the precision engineering involved in the small arms trade has been all but wiped out.

To sum up, the 1997 Firearms Amendment Act has done nothing to reduce crime, has been highly expensive and was unnecessary as existing legislation, if applied, would ensure that handguns were held securely and only owned by responsible individuals.

5. Keep Our Local Gun Range in the Redlands OPEN

In Our community, a friend of ours has been unnecessarily beaten down by the LOCAL political machine. We're all aware of "Henry's", a well established and enduring Outdoor Sport Shooting and Training Range South West of the Redlands of Homestead.

The Range, owned by Henry & Betty Ladue since 1994 has come 'under fire' by several entities as of late in order to shut it down completely. It has even been said that there lacked community backing/need for use of the range.

Henry has complied with every request of many public hearings and code requirements and is still being harassed by an unregulated office (Environmental Quality Control Board (EQCB) not having oversight but with the power to say whether we can have an outdoor gun range or not. We believe that our Florida State Statute 790.333 and Our 2nd Amendment guarantees we can exercise the rights provided therein on this property. Please also make your support known to the Zoning Department - Franklin Gutierrez - FAX (305) 372-6106 and be sure to include this Dade Planning & Zoning Process Number Z2009000114

6. Bring Airsoft Guns back to Australia

(read to bottom for updates on Petitions) *NEW UPDATE

You probably don't know Airsoft because it is illegal in Australia. There is no reason for them being illegal other than there 'Dangerous' and look like the 'real' thing which is stupid because

1) All sports are dangerous Bike Riding, Soccer, Rugby etc

2) Cap guns look like the real thing as well so why are they not banned.

I don't intend to get a real gun anytime soon at all so why cant i have fun no im not a adult so i believe that EVERYONE should be able to play with these toys.

Not everyone is a killer, Murderer so why do you ban it from us the criminals are always gonna have Airsoft guns no matter how you Prohibit them so why don't you let the good guys for once help us bring this sport back to Australia.

Ok so we have 361 petitions and the government havn't done a thing about it I say "We do something about it". No I don't mean get 361 angry petitioners storm into the parliament house but if we get "361 angry petitioners to write letters to the government outsmarting them the law might be changed and if they decide to go "well there's 21 million people in Australia and only 361 people have signed well the 21 million people don't even know the sport because of the government thinking there going to all go on Airsoft Massacres.

I also know that if we all just sign this petition and not create new ones that "WE WILL" get far more signs rather then keep creating new ones that just destroy other petitions tell all your friends about this EVERYONE.

*UPDATE 2: - 1st of April

Well i thought id let you guys know im still here and im definitely still keeping this an active petition, were also getting an average of 1-2 petitions a day tell EVERYONE about this so we can get our sport back. I mean Queensland should have Airsoft bye December 2008

Source: http://www.airsoftaustralia.com

If i go silent im just watching the petition so don't think i don't care!.

Thanks!


UPDATE 3: 1st Of May 2008

Well at the moment there is nothing much to report about the legalisation of Airsoft (except QLD as stated in Update 2) I was just thinking recently, what if we all banned CRICKET BATS (not gonna happen) but i mean wouldnt they get annoyed if we banned cricket bats and said there dangerous because you can slam someone over the head and knock them out but then they say "We dont use them to hit people!?! we use them to play cricket" same as us Airsofters we dont want to kill people. We simply want to play our sport and have a great time.

Signing out Thursday 9.22.32 1st Of May 2008

UPDATE 4: 1st of June 2008

Well, here I am , back for another update , unfortunately with nothing to report except for a cool Airsoft website I found http://www.airsoftgi.com this website has top of the range airsoft guns I would advise checking their Gas Airsoft Pistols they have a Gas Blow Back (GBB) system implemented. A gun that I found was the WE Hi-Capa 3.8 Full Metal GBB pistol here

http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?cPath=139_25_130&products_id=1356

Anyway thats all for now.

Signing out 6.27.02 1st of June 2008

UPDATE 5: 6th of August 2009

I sincerely apologise for the lack of updates within the year, because of technical issues I was unable to log into the site. It has become apparent that John C. Hanlos of Airsoft Australia has been battling cancer and has just returned this year to take up the fight to legalise airsoft in Australia. For those of you that want to know how many signatures I will want to receive before I make a proposition, I am aiming at the 20,000 mark.

Thats it for now I am aiming for another update in another 2 weeks time.

Signing out 6.25 6th of August 2009