New state gun laws

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE Queens­land Gov­ern­ment has strength­ened gun laws in Queens­land, lim­it­ing ac­cess to high- ca­pac­ity lever ac­tion shot­guns.

Po­lice, Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Mark Ryan said this reg­u­la­tion in­creased Queens­lan­ders’ safety.

“The Weapons Act 1990 is based on John Howard’s world-renowned Na­tional Firearms Agree­ment (NFA) and in­cludes the un­der­ly­ing prin­ci­ples that weapon pos­ses­sion and use are sub­or­di­nate to the need to en­sure public and in­di­vid­ual safety,” Mr Ryan said.

“Although the NFA was born out of Aus­tralia’s deadly Port Arthur mas­sacre in 1996, it is every bit as im­por­tant al­most 20 years later, if not more so.”

Lever ac­tion shot­guns with a magazine ca­pac­ity of up to five rounds will be clas­si­fied as Cat­e­gory B weapons, and those with a magazine ca­pac­ity of more than five rounds will be clas­si­fied as the more re­stric­tive Cat­e­gory D weapons.

New South Wales, West­ern Aus­tralia and the Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory have all leg­is­lated to re­clas­sify lever ac­tion shot­guns in ac­cor­dance with the re­vised NFA.

The reg­u­la­tions passed Par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day.

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