The NSC is recommending shooters voting in the 1 May Tasmanian State Election change their vote away from the Liberals.
This year’s election is one of the most important ones that shooters in Tasmania have had for a while. Tasmania has an unfriendly firearms registry, appearance laws which are creating angst uncertainty, an education policy that opposes and denigrates organised school shooting activities and a government that is simply not going to help shooters unless shooters start to change their vote.
The Liberals are running a ‘star’ candidate, Adam Brooks (pictured). Mr Brooks is on firearm charges which sends the wrong signal for us, given his government has been treating shooters so badly.
While he is a shooter – and you might think we should be helping him – Mr Brooks has no record of advocating for shooters. He was part of the Liberal team that turned its back on commitments it made to shooters at the 2018 state election. In our book, any shooter who wants the shooters vote but sticks with the government’s line is in the same boat as Tim Fischer. Politicians who want our help need to do more than say they are our friends if they want our vote: they need to show their support, even if means ‘crossing the floor’ when voting in parliament. Otherwise they are part of the problem.
This isn’t just about Mr Brooks. In the next few days, we’ll have more to say why we’re unhappy with the Liberal Party, so it will become clearer why we’re taking a hard line against them.
We’re unhappy that the government won’t support shooting sports for the schools. We’re unhappy that the Libs broke election promises at the last election and we’re unhappy that the Libs are letting Tasmania Police determine policy – especially on appearance laws. That’s why Brooks needs to decide whose side he’s on.
With Labor not being much of an alternative for shooters, we recommend you look for one of the other options which includes other pro-gun parties such as the SFFP (various seats), Federation Party (Clark), and independents like Will Smith (Windermere).
We don’t trust the Tasmanian Liberals: if you have better candidates to choose from, then that’s who we recommend you vote for.
#Tasvotes #taspol Authorised N Jenkins, National Shooting Council, Melbourne Vic