- Primary Producers Firearms Advisory Board (PPFAB) established
- To provide advice and feedback on firearms policy specific to farmers, growers and pastoralists
- McGowan Government re-writing WA’s five-decade-old Firearms Act
The Primary Producers Firearms Advisory Board has been created to be the principal authority on providing advice and feedback to the State Government on behalf of farmers during the biggest overhaul of firearms laws in Western Australian history.
The advisory board is made up of representatives from the WA Farmers Federation, Pastoralists and Graziers Association WA, Vegetables WA, Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association, and Wines of Western Australia.
Chaired by the Police Minister Paul Papalia, the board will meet on a monthly basis to discuss all proposed changes related to primary producers as a part of the re-write of WA’s five-decade-old Firearms Act.
Police figures reveal Western Australians now own more than 349,000 guns – a 60 per cent jump in the number of licensed guns compared to 13 years ago.
The new Firearms Act will modernise the current firearms licensing regime with a strong focus on community safety.
As stated by Police Minister Paul Papalia:
“Western Australian primary producers require firearms as a part of their day-to-day job.
“I want to ensure the new Act provides procedural and operational improvements for our farmers, growers and pastoralists.
“The Primary Producers Firearms Advisory Board will become the principal authority to speak on behalf of WA farmers, growers and pastoralists and represent their best interests with a seat at the table during the re-writing of the act.
“The overhaul of WA’s firearms laws will ensure there is an adequate balance between legitimate and responsible gun ownership and community safety.”