GUN LAWS ARE NOW ON TA­BLE

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

STRICTER state gun con­trol laws may be a shock in­clu­sion in La­bor’s re-elec­tion poli­cies.

Las Ve­gas mas­sacre and the Can­berra se­cu­rity sum­mit last week will speed up Queens­land’s gun con­trols which may in­clude re­stric­tions on own­er­ship and li­cens­ing. Premier Sta­cia Palaszczuk pre­vi­ously de­nied eas­ing gun laws from the Port Arthur atroc­ity in 1996.

In Queens­land’s case, grey ar­eas on use of high-pow­ered semi-au­to­mat­ics may be first to be clar­i­fied. A re­cent na­tional gun amnesty saw more 30,000 weapons handed in in­clud­ing rocket launch­ers.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal Turn­bull warned last week “the tragedy in Las Ve­gas is a re­minder that we must be re­lent­less and ... Safe from harm at con­certs, sport­ing events or just walk­ing down the street.’’

Turn­bull’s blitz will in­clude stricter de­ten­tion and ter­ror­ist laws. Premier at­tended the Can­berra meet­ing on Thurs­day and plans to fi­nalise firearms re­stric­tions soon.

Wor­ry­ing state crime stats are over­due for re­lease.

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