GUN LAWS ARE NOW ON TABLE
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.