The overnight and behind closed-door changes to gun ownership regulations made by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, which only allow five-shot shotguns into Australia as Category A firearms, demonstrate complete contempt for due process, transparency and democracy, according to the Shooters and Fishers Party of Victoria.
Again, no stakeholder consultation was held in advance of the
Abbott Government’s decision last month to unexpectedly ban the importation of the Adler A110 until a review of the National Firearms Agreement is finished next year. This was an arbitrary and obviously uninformed change, according to the Shooters and Fishers Party. And, it was made in complete opposition to the National Firearms Agreement (NFA), which clearly allows for importation of shotguns with up to 10-shot lever actions and sold as a Category A firearms. This has been the standard process for all lever action shotguns.
The Shooters and Fishers Party of Victoria completely rejects this change and does not accept it as a compromise to the pending results of the NFA review.
Quotes attributed to Jeff Bourman MLC Eastern Victoria
“There has been a groundswell of opposition to the use of the Adler A110 as a smokescreen to justify long-held desires of reviewing and rewriting the NFA. I think the Prime Minister will find there is also growing consensus of doubt whether there needs to be a review at all.”
“Again, we call for the Abbott government to stop this unwarranted attack on law-abiding citizens and demonstrate some actual leadership by attacking criminals.”
Quotes attributed to Daniel Young MLC Northern Victoria
“We are happy to provide the Abbott government with actual evidence-based advice, rather than the clearly biased and agenda-driven advice that his government is getting from various unelected bureaucrats”