The gun control issue has been a hot topic in the media in the last few days after another tragic shooting at a school in the United States.
Shooting for sport has also come under fire with some believing a complete firearm ban is necessary to stop gun-related violence.
But Steve Cruickshank (pictured) from the Mossman and District Rifle Club defended the sport, saying those who participate in target shooting hold safety as their number one priority.
"There is always some kind of backlash...we're really controlled here with gun laws. On our range here you can't have bolts in rifles until you're ready to fire.
"There is really strict safety measures in this field...that's standard right across (shooting clubs)."
Mr Cruickshank dispelled the myth he says is prevalent in the community that those who participate in shooting are simply trying to be "macho."
"That's the view right throughout society. We have a hell of a time trying to get grants for this club," he said
"The public probably would like to see all shooting clubs close down, that's my feel.
"The people that come shooting are the ones who just want to have a relaxing afternoon shooting at a little target."
He said that the Club's 26 members represent a broad spectrum of the community including tradespeople, university students, farmers, and corporate consultants.
Visitors are welcomed with open arms at the Club, however participants are closely supervised by licensed range officers.
"They control the range and make sure it's safe. They don't allow any Tom, Dick, or Harry to come in and have a shoot," Mr Cruickshank said.
On the debate about tighter gun control in the USA, Mr Cruickshank was pessimistic about the possible benefits of the move.
"They've left it too late. The amount of people who have got guns is a lot, and the amount of people who would hand them back in? No way," he said.