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Shooters fear loss of their sport from Birmingham Commonwealth Games program

Posted on 14/02/2018 by SuperUser Account

Shooters Union Queensland were featured in the North Queensland Registrar after shooting sports were omitted from the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games program.

"The thin end of the wedge is how sporting shooters in Queensland are describing a decision by the Commonwealth Games Federation not to include shooting in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games program.

As of Tuesday morning, almost 53,000 people had signed an international petition begun by the Shooting Times to protest the omission, confirmed by CGF chief executive, David Grevemberg.

Shooters Union Queensland president, Graham Park, said Birmingham might be a long way away from Queensland but the loss of shooting events had a number of far-reaching ramifications for recreational shooters in Australia.

“Under legislation in Australia, it could be a major problem,” he said.

“Under the National Firearms Agreement, the club you shoot at has to have events that are in the Commonwealth or Olympic Games schedules to justify the use of certain firearms.

“If those events were removed, it creates a potential problem by reducing the type of firearms and types of competitions available here.”

Read more at the NorthQueenslandRegistrar.com.au