KEEPING LOCAL HUNTERS SAFE
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson was joined by Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Minister for Primary Industries, Land and Water today to announce a new campaign to promote the safe use of firearms to keep local hunters safe.
Mr Anderson said there are over 23,000 firearms in the Tamworth electorate with the most firearm licence holders handling firearms responsibly, so this campaign is a good reminder to always follow the simple steps to firearm safely.
“The GunSmart Program has been developed to provide simple safety messaging to all hunters regardless of how often they hunt or how long they have held a firearms licence.
“Simple things, like treating every firearm as though it is loaded, pointing a firearm in a safe direction at all times and only loading a firearm when ready to fire, can substantially reduce the risk of firearm related accidents from occurring.
“Though local licensed hunters have completed their initial firearms safety awareness training, this campaign is just a reminder about practicing the fundamentals of firearm safety.
“These messages will be located where hunters are likely to see them in the local community, such as ranges or retailers, so that the safe practice messages are available, accessible and regularly reinforced.”
GunSmart material listing the eight fundamentals of firearms safety including, a GunSmart magnet and sticker, firearm chamber safety flag and gun bag zipper key ring will be available from various hunting and firearms retail outlets and firing ranges.
The eight fundamentals of firearm safety are:
- Treat every firearm as though it is loaded.
- Always point a firearm in a safe direction.
- Load a firearm only when ready to fire.
- Identify your target beyond all doubt and know what is beyond it.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
- Never rely on the firearms safety mechanism.
- Store and transport firearms and ammunition separately and safely.
- Never handle or use firearms when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Firearms Safety Kits containing this material can also be obtained by calling the DPI Game Licensing Unit on (02) 63913750.
For more information on GunSmart, please visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au