Darren Hunt Candidate for Cairns KAP

(Quote below “Q. 1,2,3,4,6 are easy for me,” is no committment either way)

From: Darren Hunt []
Sent: Tuesday, 22 November 2011 10:21 PM
To Albert

Subject: RE: Your feelings on firearms legislation

Just 2 points to clarify-

1. The question only refers to the “Long arm registry”. Are handgun details still to be kept on a register?

2. Is the position do away with registering weapons all together or are law abiding citizens happy for it to be on a register if the process is streamlined and unlawful users punished as individual law breakers not part of the “shooting fraternity”


Thanks mate. Unfortunately I lived and worked as a copper in the Cape York communities during those lax periods and was often on the receiving end of unlawfully used firearms so my experience is a bit different to what you describe. I worked there again after the law changes and I can honestly say the changes significantly impacted gun crime in those communities so from that point of view I can not totally agree with comments here. having said that, they just used a knife, spear, star picket, lump of timber anyway, but gun crime was impacted. In the major centres I concur with your comments, particularly use by organised crime gangs.

 It is hard to answer that question as I do not support the current methods but believe processes for law abiding citizens registering firearms can be streamlined and our party are working on that. With that in place and then tying in to Q6. to make sure those unlawfully using them are dealt with full force of the law will make them think twice which will reduce pressure on lawful users.


As a lawful user Q. 1,2,3,4,6 are easy for me. As much as I would love to get you and your supporters recommendation, I will not lie to obtain it. If you can clarify those 2 points for me I will consider my position and get back to you with a formal response shortly.

Regards DJ


Darren Hunt
Candidate for Cairns
P.O Box 614 Bungalow
Mob. 0429897561

From: Albert]
Sent: Tuesday, 22 November 2011 8:15 PM
To: Darren Hunt
Subject: FW: Your feelings on firearms legislation

Darren many thanks for your prompt reply, re Question 5,

Prior to the Port Arthur massacre in the mid 1990’s Qld had a very relaxed attitude to Firearms I remember purchasing my first rifle ,a .22 and walking down a crowded George street Brisbane with it barely wrapped in brown paper no one took a bit of notice. There was no gun registry then and after it was introduced what did it do, just let the authorities know who had registered sporting equipment. The Criminals in our community still had firearms but did not register them so the police where none the wiser. This act merely made it more difficult and costly for the sensible law abiding citizen to go about enjoying their pastime and did nothing to curb the criminal use of firearms. I believe the costly monster called the Weapons registry should be done away with. Failing that, the permit to acquire system requires a good overall to economically allow sensible law abiding citizens to acquire and use their sporting equipment without impediment as long as they do not upset or endanger other members of the community.

 I trust this answers you query?


regards Albert.


From: Darren Hunt []
Sent: Tuesday, 22 November 2011 7:02 PM
To: Albert Lord
Subject: RE: Your feelings on firearms legislation


In order to answer this honestly, in relation Q.5 are you advocating for their to be no register of ownership of firearms at all or is the issue with the current hopeless permit to acquire system we have to endure in Qld?


Darren Hunt
Candidate for Cairns
P.O Box 614 Bungalow
Mob. 0429897561

From: Albert

Sent: Monday, 21 November 2011 3:49 PM
To: Stephen Beck; Lachlan Bensted; Justin Bowman; Kevin Brown; Damian Byrnes; Gordon Dale; Ashley Dodd; Steve Ensby; Dean Fisher; Brendan Fitzgerald; munding burra; Ray Grigg; Shane Guley; Darren Hunt; Bob Jarvis; Robbie Katter; Brandt King; Jeff Knuth; Mark Maguire; John Mathison; Peter McCambridge; Graeme Moorhouse; David Neuendorf; Albert Page; Peter Pyke; Ron Wadforth; Matthew Smith; Lindsay Temple; Steve Todeschini; Ron Wadforth; Margaret Waterman
Subject: Your feelings on firearms legislation

Firearm Ownership Defines the Quality of Individual Freedom.

Firearm Owners 'Hundreds of Thousand of them are Waiting for Answers.

Firearm Owners ‘Hundreds of Thousand of them are Waiting for Answers.

 Dear  Candidate or Serving Member of the House of Representatives.
Dear Sir or/ Madam

I  Name …………Albert…………………………           ……………………
Address……………………QLD……………..             ……………………….

 would like to know your feelings on firearms legislation, to gauge the support that I  could give to your name and could expect in the future if your are elected. I, and my friends and club members, will direct their votes accordingly  to your response in the forth coming  State Elections.

We appreciate you do not have a lot of time to devote to this as you will be busy campaigning, in the New Year. So could you please just tick , or cross, or type Yes or No accordingly. Reply by mail to the above address or just click the Reply button.  We will score them and send them to the FOAA s website where they will be displayed on a page, advising their members how to vote. If at any future time you wish to change your answers just alter and send back and we will amend the score accordingly.

1. Do you believe that law abiding citizens of Australia should have the right to own and use firearms for sport, tools of trade, pest eradication, collecting  and hunting?
Yes / No


 2. Do you believe that law abiding citizens of Australia should have the right to save lives, by defending their own lives and the lives of their families and friends with firearms?
Yes / No


 3. Do you believe that law abiding citizens of Australia should have the right to hunt introduced species in Queensland State Forests and Crown land?
Yes / No


 4. Do you believe that law abiding citizens of Australia should have the right to hunt introduced species in Queensland with Hand Guns?
Yes / No


 5. Do you believe that law abiding citizens of Australia should have a Long Arms Registry imposed on them ?     (Which costs the Queensland tax payers millions, employs 155 full time staff, and thousand of police hours in every police stations in Queensland, and costs the shooter $30. every time he changes a firearm and has to wait sometimes 11 months to have the paperwork returned to him, during that time he cannot use the property he owns. We all believe Governments, cannot make it work, it solves no crimes, it does not save a life so it should be scrapped)
Yes / No


 6. Over the last twenty year Queensland politicians have followed the ‘Wrong’ principle of collectively punishing the law abiding, property owners, (that property being firearms) by prohibiting or registering that property and ignored the policing and prosecuting of the individual wrong doers. As no serious attempts by police are made to protect the community, crime increases and instead of addressing the real problem parliament again attacks the innocent property owners and prohibits even more property. This principle is immoral and should be reversed not compounded. Will you continue and support these prohibitive Acts of legislation?

Yes / No


 We will score the questions at 10 points per question, recommended Candidates will have 60 points.

Firearm Ownership Defines the Quality of Individual Freedom.


  1. It seems Darrin Hunt has a problem with Question 5. It is a reasonably simple question. Does he or does he not agree with firearms registration? How simple is that? To complain that as a Police Officer he had problems with firearms in a certain community and therefore can’t state a position in reference to Q. 5 is a poor excuse. I too was a Police Officer in the NT and faced the same problems as he did. That did not change my position I have always held, that Registration of a firearm does not make the user of a firearm different. It seems Darrin Hunt has a problem. He admits that the killing and assaults still went on even though the number of firearms were reduced within the community. Crimes were carried out with knives, spears, lumps of wood, star pickets, etc. The thing Darrin Hunt has not come to terms with, is that all these items, including firearms are inanimate objects. These items do not get up off the floor by themselves and commit crimes, registered or not. Someone commits the crime and that someone is responsible for their actions, not the registered or unregistered inanimate object. Me thinks Darrin Hunt is avoiding the question because he believes that all firearms must be registered. If in fact he does believe that, then for me, he is not the kind of candidate we want in the Cairns electorate.

    • Dear Terry
      Darren does not just have a problem with Question 5 he has refused to answer all the questions and is only answering by asking inane questions ‘playing a game’. He knows what a law abiding firearm owner is. If he does not know that, there is nothing we can do to help him and he does not deserve the support of shooters in his electorate. Ron

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