New state gun laws
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.