Firearms - Liberal Democrats WA

Firearms

As Liberal Democrats, we regard the right to own firearms for sport, hunting, collecting, and self-defence as fundamental to a free society, irrespective of how many choose to do so.  We do not believe that governments have a general right to limit the ownership of firearms.

Gun ownership, by itself, harms no other person.  It says nothing about what might be done with a gun, and cannot justify criminal sanctions.  However, as with any right, there are associated responsibilities, and failure to meet these may be criminal.

The right to self-defence, including with firearms, precedes the authority of governments.  Consequently, while it may be restricted in the case of particular individuals, within limits, it should not be removed on a collective basis.