Gun freaks must never get to call the shots
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.