ARMS COLLECTORS GUILD QLD
Office of the Secretary
Tätigkeit des Papierkrieges
recall being told that computers would save paper?
got to be up there with the greatest lies of all time, a close second to
"I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help you." -Ed]
I'm afraid that isn't so when it comes to the implementing of the new
"uniform" Weapons Act.
Now it seems to me that members with collector's licenses endorsed for H
(handguns) may have to justify the retention of ALL handguns, pre 1901 as
well as collectable handguns (1901 to 1946) and modern collectable
handguns (post 1946). The Guild has formulated a response.
Please remember when writing to WLB about wanting to acquire or retain an
item, you must convince the Authorised Officer that you have a
prolonged and genuine interest in the study, preservation or
collection of firearms. Desiring to keep an item for sentimental
reasons (eg your first pistol club gun) is NOT
REPEAT NOT ACCEPTED as a valid reason. The good news is you should
not have any trouble with pre-1947 items. But — you still have to go
through all the paperwork.
When applying to acquire or retain post-1946 item, with which the AA seems
to decide in accordance with pre-determined views (a.k.a. bias) a thematic
or investment theme is recommended. Now that the Government has disarmed
the population, I consider all remaining firearms to be historic, having
varying degrees of heritage value, but that is not what is meant by the
new laws. For a handgun to be "historic", it would have to be owned by
someone famous, have significant heritage value and most likely need to be
supported by documentation. (eg, a handgun owned by someone who won an MM,
VC or whatever or owned by someone who was a battalion commander and so
No doubt WLB will sooner or later ask all holders of a collector's
licence to fill out a QP517. The completion of this form by the holder and
by the historical society representative is the only means by which WLB
will acknowledge a collector's licence holder as being a member
an approved historical society. Your membership card or a letter from me
will not do. It must be via a QP517 form.
Form Download (adobe.pdf format)
WLB are not an friendly bunch. Failure to provide them with a duly filled
out QP517 form when requested could well lead to the cancellation of your
[When sending the Secretary of the Guyild a QP517 form to countersign, it
would be helpful if you could include a pre-addressed envelope,
addressed either to yourself or to WLB so I can send it to where it has to
One or three last pieces of advice: Keep a copy of all correspondence
to and from WLB. They have a tendency to forget things which might be in
your favour. When talking to someone at WLB, he sure to write down the
name and organizational position of the person to whom you are talking,
their decision/advice on a subject, the time and the date. Try also to get
their direct line telephone number in
case you have to talk to them again.
quote a senior figure in WLB to whom I was speaking some time ago: "It's
not going to get any easier."
have long since
trespassed beyond the expressed object of The Weapons Act 1990
("preventing the misuse of weapons) and are using
strict controls on the possession, storage and
carriage of weapons as means to another end -
they have in mind that the best way to prevent misuse of weapons, is to
prevent all use of weapons.- Ed]
At the time of writing,
our beloved and revered PM seems to think that Australia is not at
increased risk of terrorist attacks but on the other hand he wants
increased anti-terrorist powers for ASIO. My politically incorrect
suggestion is that all apprehended terrorist suspects should be put on the
first plane to France for processing by the DST (the French version of the
thought police). In the meantime,
be tapped (mine almost certainly is), you are on Crimtrak and Polaris or
whatever and our PM probably doesn't like PM jokes.
So, see to your security (ammo and guns — antique or otherwise), treat
your garden and lawn to any idle fertilizer lying about
let your innocent passion for
horticulture cause you grief) and keep a low profile while enjoying life
in this country that five
generations of servicemen and service women gave their lives for.
Best of luck from y
(S Wigzell, Acting Secretary)