New law being presented making rapid fire lever action shotguns prohibited weapons

Greens MP David Shoebridge will today present a bill to Parliament that will make the Adler A110 8 shot lever action shotgun a prohibited weapon in NSW.

The Firearms Amendment (Lever Action Shotguns Community Safety) Bill 2015 is to be second read in NSW Parliament at around 11am.

The Bill will restrict access to the multiple round shotgun to only a very limited class of licensed firearm owners who have a Category C licence.

Under current laws the 8 round Adler shotgun is classified as the least restricted weapon, the same as an air rifle, and is available to all 217,000 licensed firearm owners in NSW.

Greens MP and Firearms Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“The Adler A110 can fire 8 shots in 8 seconds, easily qualifying it as the kind of rapid fire weapon the National Firearms Agreement was put in place to control after the Port Arthur Massacre.

“Upwards of 7000 of these weapons have already been pre-ordered and will potentially be imported into the country in 2016 under a grubby deal between Tony Abbott and DLP Senator David Lleyonhelm.

“The current law classes this rapid fire shotgun in the same category as an air rifle, making it freely available to all 217,000 firearm owners in NSW.

“Firearms ownership in NSW is increasing, and there is absolutely no need to allow this weapon to be added to already overstocked arsenals around the State.

“There is no material difference between a multi-round lever action shotgun and a pump action shotgun, they can reload just as fast, and are every bit as deadly.

“When Labor was in Government in NSW they repeatedly did deals with the Shooters to water down our firearms laws.

“Since coming to power in 2011 the Coalition has shown itself just as willing to trade off community safety for narrow political gain with its notorious deal to allow hunting n National Parks.

“This bill will only pass if the community shows their support by contacting their MPs and demanding the Parliament put community safety ahead of short term politics.

“This is a chance for both Premier Baird and the Labor opposition to take a turn from their past deals with Shooters and put community safety ahead of gun politics”, Mr Shoebridge said.

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8 Responses to New law being presented making rapid fire lever action shotguns prohibited weapons

  1. Rob September 10, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    The bill and this article is misleading and is intended to sensationalize an otherwise straight forward issue.

    The NFA is extremely strict and freely allows this exact firearm in the clearest legislative terms. Saying a lever action firearm is ‘rapid fire’ is like saying a horse and cart is a F1 racing vehicle. It’s NOT!

    As for the need for this firearm, the 217,000 NSW law abiding firearms owners, in many cases are conservationists of native flora and fauna.
    As such removing feral species is a core part of ones duty to stem the damage caused by introduced species, let alone livestock losses.

    It seems unjust to blame a legitimate sector of society (800,000 law abiding shooters in AUS) for the actions of criminals. We do not judge people by culture or religion, so why judge people by method of conservation?
    Or sport?

    The link made between this items importation and public safety is ridiculous; considering there are approximately 7,000 lever actions already in NSW, both shotguns and rifles, with no crime or detriment to public safety caused since 1996…

  2. John September 12, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    So another law to restrict law abiding people. You need to shift your focus onto the criminals. Lever action shotguns have been available since the NFA and haven’t caused any problems.

  3. Dane September 12, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    Actually this is a chance for a member of parliament to push a personal agenda, the greens big enquiry into gun crime that cost the country millions just to point out that legally authorized fire arm owners are not the problem, the problem is illegally obtained firearms held by criminals that have no respect for the laws you are writing and if they want an Adler 110, they will import it, because it is too hard to steal it from a legal owner… Banning this firearm will do nothing for community safety, how about doing something that actually helps the community by putting more money into police and customs and help them get the illegal firearms off the streets and stop them from coming into the country? Or is that too much of an intelligent idea and doesn’t align with the personal agenda of disarming the country?

  4. Josh September 12, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    Stop scaremongering. Get your priorities right and deal with real issues affecting the country not a shotgun that will only be sold to law abiding licenced shooters.

  5. Steve Plive September 12, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    It is so disappointing that you seem terrified of a weapon design that is well over 100 years old. It is a design well suited to the killing of feral animals, which I thought as a Green environmentalist, you would be in full support of. I ask you to withdraw your bill to allow responsible, legal gun owners to own the weapons that they decide are the most suitable for the tasks they do.

  6. Bill September 12, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    8 shot in 8 seconds? I can do it in 5 seconds 😀

    Lever action shotguns have been in Australia since 1887 and NEVER used in a mass murder.
    Please tell me what has changed since then?

    Clearly you have no education of firearms as there are many newer, faster, quicker to reload much deadlier guns.

  7. John Denman September 13, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    I went to the trouble of writing a reply to your anti gun nonsense in a concise and respectful manner, but was timed out. You obviously don’t want to hear anything that is in opposition to your own jaundiced views so I will, like many other remain lacking in respect for you and the position you hold.

  8. j.gray September 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    Law abiding firearm owners aren’t criminals , I’ll never vote for the greens