The Alannah & Madeline Foundation has welcomed the Turnbull Government’s decision to extend the temporary ban on the importation of the Adler A110 lever-action shotgun.
The Foundation however has strongly urged the Prime Minister and state and territory leaders to go further and make restrictions permanent at the next Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting.
CEO Lesley Podesta reinforced the Foundation’s view that without heavier restrictions, the safety of Australian children is at risk.
“The integrity of the National Firearms Agreement 1996, that all governments signed up to after the tragedy of Port Arthur, must be maintained,” Ms Podesta said. “Developments in technology should not be allowed to undermine the original intention of the agreement, which has served Australia so well for two decades.
“Our gun control laws are the envy of the world and we should not be taking a backwards step.”
In April this year, the Foundation launched a petition calling for the Commonwealth and state and territory governments to bring their gun laws back in line with the National Firearms Agreement 1996.
The petition, which now has more than 26,000 signatures, also calls for heavier restrictions on lever-action firearms like the Adler A110, which can fire up to eight shots in quick succession.
“Since the National Firearms Agreement was enacted in 1996, Australia has not experienced one mass shooting. In the decade prior, there were 11,” she said. “The recent weakening of gun laws, at the insistence of the powerful gun lobby, could place all Australian children at greater risk of harm.
“This is an issue that is very close to our hearts at the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and we will continue to argue for strong gun control in Australia, now and in the future.”
The CEO has today written to every Premier and Chief Minister urging them to maintain the integrity of the National Firearms Agreement 1996 at the upcoming Council of Australian Governments meeting.
For more information go to www.amf.org.au.
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