Well, bugger me! (figuratively speaking). My PTA arrived in the post today (that's Permit to Acquire, for the must be very few here now who I haven't yet driven to distraction rabbitting on about our bureaucratic firearm-quagmire) I waited a short 5 weeks for it, what's more (yes, hard to believe, but that is considered pretty short here, for a handgun). NOW comes the fun part - deciding! (MP standard 9L or Pro, in my case). Ringing the importer! Hoping he can source a left-handed holster! Waiting for however long he takes to send it to the gun shop of your choice! Travel out to the far suburbs, heart in mouth, carrying lots of $$! Flash yer licence at them and commence filling out copious amounts (yes more including a new form = notice of purchase & registration this time) of paperwork! After - god has it really been more than a year? - take possession of said gun in your sweaty palm! Hurriedly buying a cleaning kit etc & trigger lock on the way out so you can legally transport it home, unmolested by the pursuing SWAT team! Wondering "holy sh*t I should have really studied those cleaning vids on youtube more closely" before now! At least that's how I'm predicting it will probably go Feel like time is conspiring against me though - the PTA last for 3 months until it expires and you must re-apply all over again, but that's not what's concerning me. Its the friggin election on Aug 21...the truly horrifying prospect of Green control of the federal Senate after that date (a very strong possibility). A few things the prospective NSW Green Senator Lee Rhiannon, has said in the past: My first task will be to look at a total handgun ban. Law-abiding gun owners need their guns taken away from them. We do not support recreational hunting by any method, by any person, including farmers. Oh yeah, she thinks that banning farming would be a good idea into the bargain. Let the animals run wild n free and all that lol What is especially chilling about her background is that her family were prominent Stalinists who supported Moscow through Russia's 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia and the killing of the striking Polish workers...which was way too an extreme position for the rest of the Australian Communist Party, and the movement then split. Bit of a worry that someone like that might get some REAL power in about a week. Be afraid...she is a total nutjob. So I really hope i can get my gun and at least hold it before it gets snatched back, heh. BUT>>All you can do is forge ahead and hope for the best though...I'm not going to let any possible future problems trash my happiness for today...f*ck them all, atm. I have to admit that when I got the letter inside and ripped it open, I was giggling like the proverbial schoolgirl. Woohoo!