Re­stric­tions on high ca­pac­ity lever shot­guns across the state

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

THE Queens­land Gov­ern­ment will re­strict ac­cess to high-ca­pac­ity lever ac­tion shot­guns in a move that will strengthen Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Firearms Agree­ment.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said the de­ci­sion would im­prove public safety while en­sur­ing farm­ers still had ac­cess to the weapons they need to do their jobs.

“We’re talk­ing about re­strict­ing ac­cess to a small num­ber of high ca­pac­ity shot­guns,” the Premier said.

“At present, any kind of lever ac­tion shot­gun is clas­si­fied as a Cat­e­gory A weapon, the low­est clas­si­fi­ca­tion of firearms.

“What we’re do­ing will bring the treat­ment of these guns into line with other types of shot­gun, such as pump ac­tion or self-load­ing weapons.

“This won’t pre­vent pri­mary pro­duc­ers from erad­i­cat­ing ver­min, but en­sures that all high-ca­pac­ity lethal firearms can only be pos­sessed by the very small num­ber of peo­ple who have a le­git­i­mate rea­son to do so.”

This re­clas­si­fi­ca­tion brings Queens­land into line with a COAG de­ci­sion in De­cem­ber 2016 to strengthen the Na­tional Firearms Agree­ment (NFA). 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 other ju­ris­dic­tions are var­i­ous stages of im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Lever ac­tion shot­guns with a ca­pac­ity of five or fewer round will be trans­ferred from Cat­e­gory A to Cat­e­gory B, and those able to hold more than five rounds will move to Cat­e­gory D.

The State Gov­ern­ment’s changes to weapons li­cenc­ing will take ef­fect from March 2018.

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