THE Palaszczuk Government is implementing tough new gun laws to further strengthen Australia’s National Firearms Agreement.
Under the new laws, access to high capacity lever action shotguns will be restricted.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the decision to restrict access to the guns would improve public safety while also ensuring farmers still had access to the weapons they need to do their jobs.
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“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.”
Ms Palaszczuk said it 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.
The reclassification will bring Queensland into line with a COAG decision in December 2016 to strengthen the National Firearms Agreement.
New South Wales, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory have all legislated to reclassify lever action shotguns in accordance with the revised NFA.
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.
Basic firearms licences in Queensland permit licensees to possess either Category A or B weapons, so the vast majority of gun owners will not be affected in any way.
The Palaszczuk Government’s changes to weapons licencing will take effect from March 2018.