The stupidty of Greg O’Connor and the Police Association

The Police Association want the Police to be the only people with guns.

They have made their submission to the inquiry into gun control and have several rather bizarre claims and suggestions.

The biggest outrage is to request a ban on what they call “.50 calibre firearms”.


They are totally disingenuous with their submission too, calling air rifles a restricted weapon. For anyone over 18 they are not a restricted weapon except in a very limited way.

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As you can see the restrictions are aesthetic and ridiculous, but this is what happens when you let emotions write law. Note the repeated use of “appearance”. So if something looks bad it is according to the stupid law. It doesn’t prevent the sale or use of those, it just means you need a firearms licence and you are good to go.

But the police want to make .50 calibre rifles restricted as well. The stupid fools don’t even realise that they already are, firstly by the same rules as the airguns, that is you need a firearms licence…secondly by the prohibitive price of these firearms…they aren’t cheap. You basically can’t buy a .50BMG rifle for under $8,000.


Even the ammunition is expensive. Then there is the weight of these and the length. A Barrett weighs 13 kilos and is 57” (145 cm) long. These things are not really conducive to gang members using them. Furthermore you need to drop a decent scope on them to make them any good so add another three or four thousand to the cost factor.

Worse their specification is for just .50 calibre….that would include black powder single shot rifles and antique rifles as well. For example you can buy a Kentucky flintlock 50 calibre rifle for around a $1000.

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Pedersoli 50 calibre Kentucky rifle which would be a restricted weapon if the Police Association got their way.

Strangely a Pedersoli Brown Bess replica Black Powder rifle in 75 calibre wouldn’t be captured by the Police Association proposals.

Brown Bess 75 calibre rifle not captured by the Police Association regulation

Brown Bess 75 calibre rifle not captured by the Police Association regulation

This shows just how stupid the Police Association submission is and that is but one example. The problem is their specification is ridiculous. What do they even mean by .50 calibre? That definition covers any rifle with a bore of half an inch. But there are many different calibres that have a bore of half an inch. Do the Police Association want to restrict all of those? All cartridges are not created equal.

That ignores every calibre above .50 calibre like the .950JDJ:

or the .577 Tyrannosaur:

But the Police Association just wants to make .50 calibre rifles restricted…bizarre.

You might think I am being over the top but once you start specifying calibre limits then it makes it easy for the Police to then decide to restrict .338 Lapua Magnums, then .300 calibre magnums and so on down the line until we are all only shooting blow dart guns.

Here’s the thing, where is the evidence of .50 calibre rifles being collected in raids, or used in crimes? The Police Association certainly hasn’t provided any, they are just using lies, obfuscations and emotion to request bans and restrictions. Perhaps if they actually did their jobs on firearms the criminals might find it a bit harder to obtain them.

The main problem here too is that dopey politicians listen to the equally dopey Police Association. When you look at submissions like this and their allergic reaction to what they call Military Style Semi Automatic rifles you realise that these muppets have no idea what they are talking about. All of the restrictions on MSSA rifles are almost entirely aesthetic, as if a pistol grip makes a rifle any more lethal.

In a shoot of between me with a bolt-action rifle and a gang member with a semi-auto I’d win, with the gang member dead before he could even think about how he is going to aim the rifle at me. His MSSA wouldn’t help him.

In their appendix they fail to outline a single instance of a .50 calibre firearm being used to commit a crime. There are plenty of .22 calibre rifles, and shotgun and pistols but no .50 calibre. This submission should be rejected for want of evidence and overly emotive submissions.

If the Police want shooters to comply and work with Police then they need to stop presenting dopey solutions to non-problems and start enforcing the laws.

The best solution for all would be to massively increase the penalties, and bring them in line with penalties for illegal fishing. Right now the punishment for illegal fishing is much higher than discharging a firearm. The laws and the penalties were written in 1983, things have moved on. Time to increase the penalties and stop presenting dopey “evidence” to unsuspecting politicians.

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