$500,000 gun lobby donations puts public safety at risk

Friday, November 24, 2017 | Lee Rhiannon

The Greens have renewed their call to ban political donations from the gun lobby following the release of data that shows firearm interest groups have donated close to $500,000 to political parties.

"Community safety is at risk if the gun lobby is free to hand over money to political parties and then lobby those same parties to weaken gun control measures," Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

The Queensland Electoral Commission's electronic disclosure system shows that Katter's Australian Party received $494,111 from firearms interest groups including the Sporting Shooters Association and a trust fund connected to Bob Katter's son-in-law Robert Nioa. Mr Nioa heads up a firearm import company called Nioa.

"The firearm dealers and importers will make more money if state and federal gun control laws are watered down. 

"Our federal and state parliaments are under increasing pressure to give in to the interests of the gun lobby. 

"The corrupting influence of political donations has been well established. 

"There is mounting evidence that parties make decisions in the interests of their donors. Donations from the gun lobby to political parties will jeopardise public safety.

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