Shooting quite the sport in Bundy
BUNDABERG has the fourth highest number of gun licences in the state, with 3257 issued to people who live in the 4670 postcode.
But according to the region's gun clubs, that high number is not because of a "gun-toting" attitude but due to a love of shooting as a sport.
Tipping Bundaberg out of the top spots was Toowoomba, with 3481 licences, followed by the Banana region in central Queensland and Gympie, with 3371 and 3258 respectively.
Bundaberg has seven shooting clubs in the region and has produced both state and national-ranked shooters for a number of years.
Bundaberg Clay Target Club secretary Kaye Rehbein said the group had about 90 members who were regular shooters at the range.
She stressed that most gun owners were responsible, but it was often a very small minority focused on in the media.
"It's a respectable sport - we have doctors, lawyers and a lot of other professions who are members," he said.
Ms Rehbein said many of the members of the club had families involved in the sport for generations.
Apple Tree Creek couple Darren Enslin and Gillian Webb-Enslin, both members of the Australian rifle team, said they were proud to be a part of the sport.
"I bump into a lot of people who ask me about the sport and how to get into it," Mr Enslin said.
"They also tend to ask about the best way to change cartridges quickly and technique."
The champion shooter said he believed the sport's popularity was down to anyone being able to participate.
Sporting Shooters Association of Australia Bundaberg president Robert Oakes said his club had more than 830 members.
He said a safety course was required in order to get a gun licence and it was often families who were interested in participating in the sport and reaping the benefits.
"It's everything - it's physical stamina, both mental and physical health, good eyesight and better co-ordination," he said.
Getting a licence
- 15 different types of gun licence
- Minor licences can be issued for children as young as 11 who must be supervised by a range officer
- Licensees must not have served jail time for drugs, violence or misuse of a weapon, or been subject to a domestic violence order in the past five years.