Tasmania Government’s Select Committee on Firearms Legislation and Policy supports the National Firearms Agreement

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The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is pleased that, following 18 months of discussion, the Tasmania Government’s Select Committee on Firearms Legislation and Policy has strongly supported the National Firearms Agreement (NFA).

It encouraged the Tasmanian Government to continue its commitment to the principle that firearm ownership and possession is a privilege which is conditional on the overriding need to ensure public safety.

The Foundation’s CEO, Lesley Podesta, said that, given its history, it is hoped Tasmania leads the nation in maintaining our commitment to a strong gun safety framework that finds its strength in the NFA.

“Every State and Territory signed that Agreement,” she said. “Even so, last year it was under serious threat in Tasmania.”

The Committee considered nearly 200 submissions and held six public hearings.

 “The Tasmania community spoke loud and clear,” Lesley said.

“Almost 85 per cent of the submissions favoured maintaining the NFA and keeping Tasmania’s gun laws strong.

‘We are very pleased that the Committee listened to our Submission and presentation and included many of our arguments in their Final Report”.

However, the Foundation is disappointed the Committee didn’t recommend changes to the system which allowed Tasmanian children as young as 12 to have access to firearms through a “permit” system.

The Foundation believes this is a way of getting around the NFA, which states quite clearly that 18 should be the minimum age for legally using a firearm.

The Committee also failed to be definitive on the restriction of silencers for primary producers.

Despite this, the Foundation looks forward to Premier Hodgman accepting the recommendations of the Committee. The Premier has made many public statements about his support for the NFA and his personal commitment to keep Tasmanians safe from firearm violence.

 “Protecting the community, especially children, from gun violence is a key objective of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation which was borne out of tragic circumstances involving firearms,” Lesley said.

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