The law allows citizens with a membership in a gun club to claim a “genuine reason” to hold a firearm license, creating a guaranteed income stream for those clubs. They now possess a financial war chest that conservative estimates put at more than $34 million. Fearing that gun owners will use that money to take political action to restore their gun rights, alarmed anti-gun politicians are now proposing drastic restrictions on how that money can be used.
Greens MP David Shoebridge proposed “a maximum membership fee by regulation with a requirement that member’s money is spent on club facilities.”
He then revealed his true fear: “Unless we fix the flow of money to the gun lobby, we are in danger of creating a local version of the NRA …”