Foundation welcomes NSW position on Adler but warns against secret deals

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Media Release - Sunday 4 December, 2016

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation welcomes reports today that the NSW Government will support classifying the seven-shot Adler as a Category D firearm but warns against secret deals that water down laws.

This follows reports that the NSW Police provided formal advice to the NSW Cabinet urging it to support a Category D classification at the upcoming Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting.

Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta welcomed the news but cautioned against any watering down of Australia’s gun laws in back room deals to smooth the way.

“Reports that Premier Baird will back the classification of the Adler as a Category D, the highest classification, is welcome news,” Ms Podesta said.

“The majority of Australians want to keep our gun laws strong and we hope all Premiers and Chief Ministers live up to that expectation on Friday.

“Australia’s gun laws must not be watered down in any way, shape or form to appease the vocal gun lobby.

“In particular, there should be no moves to water down the restrictions applied to Category D firearms."

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation has been campaigning for tighter restrictions to be placed on the Adler A110 since April, the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur shooting.

Almost 60,000 people have signed the Foundation’s petition calling for State and Territory leaders to uphold the original intentions of the National Firearms Agreement 1996.

“There has been a national consensus on gun laws in Australia since Port Arthur and now is not the time to be horse-trading away community safety," Ms Podesta said.

“Our gun laws have served us well for over 20 years and now is not the time to be complacent.

"Indeed we need to strengthen the agreement to account for emerging technology such as 3D printing of firearms.

“The agreement John Howard and Tim Fischer struck in 1996 has kept Australians safer by restricting gun ownership, and Premiers should show the same leadership and uphold that agreement.”

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation will carefully scrutinise the decision of COAG to ensure there is no watering down of Australia’s strong gun laws.

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