Fee hike shoots too high
ROSE City marksmen are worried the 124 per cent increased weapons licence fees announced in Tuesday’s budget will shoot the sport in the proverbial foot.
Warwick Outdoors and Sports owners Wayne Eastwell and John Bacon said the increase would not convince people to go into the sport.
Mr Eastwell said it was a disappointing measure and that new shooters would have to think twice before applying for a licence.
Police Minister Neil Roberts said the hike would pay for a new online Queensland Police Records and Information Management Exchange system, giving police the ability to have immediate and up-to-date information for operational policing needs.
“More than 100,000 police station attendances are required each year by members of the public to lodge and pay licence, renewal and permit to acquire applications and more than 100,000 firearm transactions from gun dealers are managed using paper forms and manual data entry,” he said.
“The development of the new online system will allow people to submit their details on the internet, allowing officers and civilian staff to be more efficient.”
The implementation program will include two stages, the first of which is due to be completed by the end of 2010, and the second and final stage set to be completed by the end of 2011.
Warwick shooter Rob Bondfield said he could see no benefit in implementing the measures and believed the government was just making profit out of the deal.
“Everything is going up these days, so in that sense, I’m not all that surprised by the new measures,” he said.
“After all, the government seems to be trying to find new ways to tax all the time.
“The new measures definitely make it harder for those who use weapons as a leisure activity and I fail to see any benefits in the whole deal.”
Mr Bondfield said the new measures would also impact primary producers. “Farmers need weapons, regardless of how many times they actually use them, people in the business also use weapons and in order to be able to use them they sure need to pay a lot of money to get their licences extended,” he said.
Application fees for weapons licences are to increase from $35.45 to $79.50
Licence renewal fees from $58.50 to $131.25, which equals 124 per cent