Gun laws in Queensland have been strengthened after a disallowance motion brought by the Katter’s Australian Party to halt the Weapons Legislation (Lever Action Shotguns) Amendment Regulation 2017 was voted down in State Parliament.
Lever action shotguns with a magazine capacity of up to five rounds will be classified as Category B weapons, and those with a magazine capacity of more than five rounds will be classified as the more restrictive Category D weapons.
This reclassification brings Queensland into line with a COAG decision in December 2016 to strengthen the NFA.
Police Minister Mark Ryan says Australia’s gun laws have become the gold standard internationally, cited each time a gun-related tragedy occurs internationally and the vote overnight ensures community safety.
“The Palaszczuk Government has an added responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone.”
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.
The Minister says the Government has worked constructively with all stakeholders on a range of firearms matters, including how best to implement the changes agreed by COAG.
“This reclassification will improve public safety while ensuring farmers have access to the weapons they need to do their jobs.”