The Alannah & Madeline Foundation welcomes COAG decision on Adler

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Media Release - Friday 9 December, 2016

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation has welcomed today’s decision by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to classify the seven-shot Adler as a Category D firearm.

Category D is the highest available classification for firearms under the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) and reflects the Adler’s capacity to fire up to eight shots in quick succession. 

CEO Lesley Podesta said she was pleased with the outcome but the Foundation would continue to monitor gun laws to ensure they’re not undermined.

“We are going to have a good look at the detail but this looks like a very positive outcome,” Ms Podesta said.

“This is obviously an issue very close to the Foundation’s heart and we worked very hard to make sure the right decision was made.

“The vast majority of Australians support our strong gun laws because they have kept us all safer, and we’re pleased our leaders have heard that loud and clear.”

In April, Founding Patron Walter Mikac launched a petition calling for tighter restrictions on the Adler and for the original intentions of the National Firearms Agreement 1996 to be upheld. 

“The Alannah & Madeline Foundation has been overwhelmed by the community response to our petition, with almost 60,000 signatures,” Ms Podesta said.

“We are very proud of our advocacy for strong gun laws in Australia since the devastating Port Arthur massacre.

“The Foundation will continue to monitor gun laws across the country, in each state and territory, to ensure national consistency and effectiveness.

“The strength of the National Firearms Agreement 1996 is from having harmonised state laws and regulations, which eliminate loopholes and inconsistencies."

The review of the National Firearms Agreement 1996 was established in response to the tragic Martin Place Siege in December 2014.

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation has consistently advocated for tighter restrictions on the Adler seven-shot and the NFA to be updated to account for emerging technology.

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