The right to keep and bear arms is a right that most of us treasure, but what if we didn’t have it? I recently met a person from Tasmania and was struck by the challenges they would face in an SHTF situation and it really drove home the importance of our right to keep and bear arms and just how critical it could become to our survival, here in America when SHTF comes. I had asked Laurel to write a small article on what it is like to live in a country that does not have that right. I am very happy to include Laurels story in today’s post. As you read it, try to imagine how different our lives would be, if we didn’t have the 2nd Amendment and just how important it is to defend it! Here is Laurel’s story:
In April 1996 Martin Bryant massacred 35 people at Port Arthur – at least that is what the Government would have us believe. These web sites believe that’s not what happened.
However many believe (myself included) that it was a Government sanctioned operation with one goal in mind. To curtail the purchase of weapons by individuals for personal use and defense.
In 1996 Legislation was speedily passed through both houses of Parliament, on the grounds of the above massacre, to limit the sales and purchase of weapons unless licensed to do so. This is what we now go through to get a weapon:
To obtain a Firearms License in Tasmania an applicant must have a genuine reason for using or possessing a firearm. This genuine reason will determine the Category of license for which you may apply.
The Category of license will also determine the type of firearm you will be authorized to use and possess.
You should take the following steps in completing your application form:
1. Identify your genuine reason for using or possessing a firearm and tick the appropriate box or boxes.
2. Identify the Categories of firearm that coincide with your genuine reason and tick the appropriate box or boxes.
3. Provide a statement in the appropriate part, outlining the need for the category of firearm for which you seek a license. In the case of a genuine reason of recreational hunting and vermin control, the details of the property where you will be using a firearm for recreational hunting or vermin control must be provided.
So that sounds pretty straight forward – right? That’s the easy part.
First of all you have to go into your local police station. Tell them you are wanting to apply for your gun license, they will give you a date of a firearms safety course.
You have to book in to this course, it usually goes for about 3 hours and then they will do an easy multiple question test.
You will get your results back from this test after roughly a fortnight.
Once you get it back you have to fill out a firearms license form and staple the results from your safety course to it.
When they ask you what your reason for the application is you have to say “Hunting.” that’s if you know someone that has property over 5 acres (if not you will have to join a gun club.)
Assuming that you have a clean criminal record, it will take roughly 6-8 weeks for the license to get back to you and it will cost about $140 for 4 years.
Once you have paid the fee you can then apply to buy a rifle, this is another form to fill out and your first gun will take another 8 weeks roughly before you can actually take it home.
You can’t buy automatic or semi-automatic rifles. You can buy hand guns but only if you belong to an approved gun club.
Once you get your license and purchase your first weapon – you are then on the radar. It must be secured in an approved gun safe with ammunition secured separately. You are subject to police inspections without warning just to ensure you are only holding those guns previously approved.
So when I watch TV and see “Doomsday Preppers” with enormous caches of weapons yes there is some pretty heavy gun-envy happening here!
Cheers from The Dragon Lady
Wow! I couldn’t imagine having to go through all of that just to own a gun! Laws like that are designed for only one thing and that is to keep the people at the mercy of their government and completely helpless in the face of tyranny. This is what the Liberals want for us, here in America, so they can push their agenda down our throats and enslave us to their ideals and morals or lack there of. Just take a few minutes and think about just how lucky we are that we have not yet surrendered our guns and hopefully never will. Fight to preserve the 2nd Amendment so we will never have to go down this path. Thank you Laurel (aka: The Dragon Lady) for taking the time to share this with us and I am sure I speak for myself and many of my readers when I wish you the best of luck in the future and a hope that things will change in your country in the near future for the better.