Gun freaks must never get to call the shots

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott for stand­ing up to the gun nuts.

With­out fed­eral gov­ern­ment ac­tion, Aus­tralia would have seen an in­flux of deadly as­sault weapons de­spite our post-Port Arthur mas­sacre gun laws specif­i­cally ban­ning mil­i­tary-style semi-au­to­mat­ics.

The Adler A110 lever-ac­tion shot­gun is spruiked by its pro­po­nents as an al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional rapid-fire weapons be­cause in­stead of a pump ac­tion it uses a Wild West-style ratchet to reload each bullet into the cham­ber. In the hands of an adept shooter, it can fire eight rounds in well un­der a minute.

That kind of weapon does not be­long in this coun­try, and those who seek to sub­vert our gun laws should be ashamed of them­selves.

Thou­sands of gun en­thu­si­asts had al­ready pre­ordered the weapon, en­cour­aged by im­porter Robert Nioa, who had plans to im­port 20,000 each year.

Of course, most sport­ing shoot­ers and hold­ers of gun li­cences are re­spon­si­ble, sen­si­ble peo­ple.

So why on earth would they need a mas­sacre weapon? If your en­emy is a clay tar­get or a duck — or even a wild boar — you need to be able to han­dle it with­out en­dan­ger­ing the en­tire Aus­tralian pop­u­la­tion. If you can’t, find another hobby.

Here’s a guar­an­tee: if im­ported, one of these guns will be used in a mass shoot­ing of civil­ians. That can­not be al­lowed. The Adler should not be im­ported at all — in any cat­e­gory. It should be banned out­right.

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