Australian political party wants gun permits for 10-year-olds
By Andrew Shepperson
Philip Donato, member of the Australian Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, with his 13-year-old son. (Photo: James Brickwood/Sydney Morning Herald)
Members of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party in the state of New South Wales in Australia are urging lawmakers to reduce the age requirement for minor’s firearms permits.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported the party would like primary school-aged children to be able to learn how to use firearms, urging the government to reduce the minimum age from 12 to 10 years old.
Philip Donato — a Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party party member representing the district of Orange — said he would be “happy” to see the age restriction reduced and also advocated shooting as an elective course in schools.
“It’s a healthy family activity,” Donato said. “It’s not gender specific. Going out, spending some time with your family in the outdoors, bonding with your kids, is a fantastic opportunity.
“It’s far better they learn how to use firearms appropriately in that sort of manner as opposed to watching movies and playing video games.”
That position is also supported by the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia.
“The current minimum age of 12 years restricts access to the sport and limits the ability of interested minors to