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Qld govt tightens shotgun restrictions

10 October 2017 1:03 AM
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Qld govt tightens shotgun restrictions

The Queensland government will tighten gun control measures, restricting access to high-capacity lever-action shotguns.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the measure, coming on the back of last week's Las Vegas massacre, will improve public safety.

"What that city and that state have suffered is the surest testament to the need for Australia's strong gun laws - laws put into effect at significant political cost by Prime Minister John Howard after the Port Arthur Massacre," Ms Palaszczuk told state parliament on Tuesday.

"My government will show our resolve to strengthen those laws by restricting access to high-capacity lever-action shotguns, such as the Adler A1-10."

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

The premier says the reclassification brings Queensland into line with a COAG decision 10 months ago to strengthen the National Firearms Agreement.

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Source: sbs.com.au

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