MP blasts de­lay in gun rul­ing

Isis Town and Country - - News -

MEM­BER for Bur­nett Stephen Bennett has called on Po­lice Min­is­ter Bill Byrne to come clean on his de­lib­er­ate go-slow on hand­gun (Cat­e­gory H) li­cence re­newals.

“It’s ridicu­lous to have a min­is­ter with his back­ground and be­hav­iour lec­tur­ing farm­ers and gra­ziers on his view of the world and why farm­ers don’t need hand­guns,” Mr Bennett said.

“Land­hold­ers in the Bur­nett re­gion have le­git­i­mate and law­ful needs to carry firearms, in­clud­ing hand­guns. There can be times when heav­ier, longer ri­fles will not be prac­ti­cal when on horse­back or rid­ing mo­tor­bikes.

Shadow Po­lice Min­is­ter Tim Man­der said Min­is­ter Byrne needed to come clean on what his real plans were and why farm­ers and gra­ziers were get­ting the go-slow on li­cence re­newals.

“I sim­ply don’t be­lieve Bill Byrne has un­der­taken any real con­sul­ta­tion with gra­ziers and land­hold­ers on this is­sue,” Mr Man­der said.

“If he or any of his se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers have con­cerns over li­cence re­newals then those con­cerns need to be fully jus­ti­fi­able.

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