Farmers join gun control advocates in bid to mute ban on silencers for recreational shooters

Farmers join gun control advocates in bid to mute ban on silencers for recreational shooters

The Australian Deer Association and the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia support the the call for gun silencers to be made more widely available to licenced shooters. Photo: (ABC Rural: Cassandra Steeth) A proposal to end the ban on recreational shooters using gun silencers is set to go before Victorian Parliament. The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party is introducing a private members’ bill which would make it legal for all licensed shooters to use silencers. Silencers, or suppressors as they are also known, reduce gunshot noise and are strictly controlled throughout Australia. Usually only specialists such as professional hunters and veterinarians are granted permits to use them. Jeff Bourman, Victorian Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party MP wants silencers made more widely available to licenced shooters. Ears and deers Victorian MP, Jeff Bourman, said he was introducing the bill to protect the hearing of shooters. "There’s a little bit of self-interest in this," Mr Bourman said. "I’ve got a lot of hearing damage to one of my ears when someone fired a gun next to it years ago. "That would have been — or most likely — prevented with a suppressor." However Mr Bourman said silencers were also useful for hunters wanting to shoot more than one animal. "If you shoot at one deer the noise from a suitable firearm is quite astronomical and travels for miles and miles," he said. "That one deer is basically what you get … [it] scares all the other ones away." Suppressing for stock […]

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