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27 June 2018
Hon Aaron Stonehouse
Hon M.H. Roberts
POLICE — FIREARMS TRANSPORT — SHOT EXPO
Hon AARON STONEHOUSE
to the minister representing the Minister for Police:
I refer the minister to my question during budget estimates on 19 June, wherein I asked Commissioner Dawson whether he was aware of the upcoming SHOT Expo scheduled to take place here in Perth in October. As I recall, he indicated that he was not personally aware of that event. It is my understanding that later that same day a letter was sent by the Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia WA to the commissioner, giving details of the expo, requesting an exemption from the WA Police Force transportation of firearms policy to allow the event to take place, and further requesting a meeting to discuss items that the association believes, and I quote, ''are not being taken seriously in regards to finding a working solution for all concerned.''
(1) Is the minister able to confirm receipt by the WA Police Force of the SSAA's letter dated 19 June?
(2) Is the minister aware of any reply having been sent as of today's date; and, if she is, can she share with this house the general tenor of that reply?
(3) Will the minister commit to ensuring that WA police work constructively with the SSAA WA and its partners to arrive at mutually amicable solutions that will allow this large, popular and profitable event to take place for thousands of fee-paying customers once again this year?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON
I thank the honourable member for some notice of this question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Police.
(2) The WA Police Force is currently preparing a formal response.
(3) Yes. The Western Australia Police Force has been working with SSAA WA and will continue to do so with a view to ensuring a successful event.
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