: Gun law reform

Gun law reform

The Tasmanian Committee
Tasmania

Tasmania recently commemorated the tragic massacre at the historic Port Arthur site in 1996. This tragedy sparked a national campaign to restrict the use and accessibility of firearms in Australia and culminated in the National Firearms Agreement of 1996. In light of the recent 20-year anniversary, the Tasmanian Greens have introduced the Rapid Fire Shotguns (Community Safety) Bill 2016 in a bid to reduce 'accidents waiting to happen'.

The Bill specifically aims to limit the ability for community members to possess a rapid fire lever-action shotgun. When the National Firearms Agreement was created, the Adler A110 12-gauge shotgun did not exist. The Tasmanian Greens claim it is within the scope of what would have been considered an inappropriate firearm had it existed at the time. The Tasmanian Police, Fire and Emergency Management Minister has said the Bill goes against the National Firearms Agreement and that Tasmania cannot go it alone. The Minister claims the Bill may even breach the Agreement.

While Tasmania stubbornly refuses to act, other Australian states have taken the lead with the Victorian government having introduced its Firearms Amendment (Trafficking and Other Measures) Bill 2015, which seeks to restrict the use of the Adler A110 shotgun.

THE TASMANIAN COMMITTEE

(2016) 41(2) AltLJ 139
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