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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Australia First Took Guns; Now It Wants To Take Speech, Too

How much freedom are Aussies willing to give up? 

Australia’s forced gun confiscation—under threat of imprisonment—is well-documented. However, an unintended consequence of the law now has Aussie gun banners in an uproar. 

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 …”