Law needs re­view, says SUA vice-pres­i­dent

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS -

THE Shoot­ers Union Aus­tralia has called on the Queens­land gov­ern­ment to re­view gun law ‘grey ar­eas’.

This comes after a 67-year-old man had more than 70 weapons seized from a prop­erty near Ten­ter­field on the New South Wales border.

SUA vice-pres­i­dent David Brown said laws need to be looked at fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

“It is ridicu­lous that a law-abid­ing cit­i­zen, who did not even have his weapon loaded, was pe­nalised for de­fend­ing his fam­ily in his own home when threat­ened by an armed in­truder,” Mr Brown said.

“Any par­ent would have re­sponded the same way.

“It is about time the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment cleared up any con­fu­sion sur­round­ing this is­sue here so cit­i­zens know where they stand.

“Our state’s law is also in dire need of re­view and, given the com­ing Queens­land elec­tion, it would be help­ful to know whether the La­bor Gov­ern­ment or LNP in­tends to act.

“Both par­ties need to back the ev­ery­day Aus­tralian, es­pe­cially when they have done noth­ing wrong.”

The news comes as Aus­tralia en­ters the fi­nal day of the Na­tional Gun Amnesty.

Of­fi­cially fin­ish­ing to­day, res­i­dents have one last chance to hand in firearms to li­censed deal­ers or po­lice without penalty.

War­wick Out­doors and Sports co-owner Wayne East­well said the last week of the amnesty has seen an in­flux of weapons com­ing into the store.

“More and more are ei­ther be­ing sur­ren­dered or reg­is­tered to a gun li­cence,” Mr East­well said.

“A wide va­ri­ety of firearms have been handed in to date, and they are still com­ing in.

“We’re ex­pect­ing a few more to come in on the fi­nal day of the amnesty.”

War­wick Out­doors and Sports is open from 8.30am–noon to­day for peo­ple tak­ing ad­van­tage of the last day of the amnesty.

PHOTO: QPS

HAUL: The il­le­gal firearms at Ten­ter­field.

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