Our gun safety not for negotiation in Senate

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Media Release - Tuesday 18 October, 2016

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation has called for gun safety to be above political deal making following reports of negotiations in the Senate to water down Australia’s gun control.

Senator David Leyonhjelm has announced that he will support the Government’s industrial relations legislation in the Senate in exchange for the lifting of an importation ban on the Adler A110 shotgun.

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta said the issue of gun control was too important for it to become a political plaything.

“Our gun laws shouldn't be subject to political games,” Ms Podesta said. “We've had bipartisan support for strong gun laws in this country since Port Arthur and we can't afford to take a backwards step.”

“Former Prime Minister John Howard and Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer showed great leadership in 1996 and we should honour that now.”

Around 80 per cent of Australians support strong gun laws and more than 26,000 people have signed a petition in support of strong gun laws, which was launched by the Foundation on the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur tragedy in April this year.

“We don't want to turn into the US where gun control is a political plaything,” Ms Podesta said.

“Our strong gun laws have served our country well for two decades, and they should not be watered down.

“I respect people will have different views on many issues but surely the safety of our community is above politics.”

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation was founded by Walter Mikac who lost his daughters, Alannah and Madeline, and his wife at Port Arthur.

For more information about the Alannah & Madeline Foundation please visit www.amf.org.au

Media inquiries contact Adrian Bernecich: 0416 045 701 or adrian.bernecich@amf.org.au.

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