NSW Police Minister wrong on Adler and captured by the gun lobby

NSW Police Minister Troy Grant has been captured by the ugly minority gun lobby in the NSW National Party and is seeking to impose a US style approach to gun control by lifting the ban on the Adler A110 lever action shotgun.

Troy Grant’s unseemly intervention in the gun debate is the first time in more than 20 years that a NSW Police Minister has actively sought to undermine the National Firearms Agreement.

Premier Mike Baird and Malcolm Turnbull must urgently intervene to put community safety ahead of gun politics and maintain the ban on the importation of the Adler.

Greens NSW Senator and Gun Control Spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said:

“Prime Minister Turnbull seems so desperate to pass his anti-worker union busting bill that he is prepared to barter away our stringent gun laws.

“It is time to strengthen the National Firearm Agreement, not water it down.

“It will be a new low for the Turnbull government if it weakens our gun laws, compromising public safety, in order to push through a bill which will make workplaces less safe.

“This Adler shotgun import ban is in place on the best advice of state, territory and federal law enforcement agencies and it is absolutely vital that that ban stays in place.

“We cannot ‘modernise’ the National Firearm Agreement and leave the door open for the import of the Adler. The purpose of John Howard’s agreement was to limit access to rapid fire firearms in the interest of public safety, and that is what the Prime Minister must commit to doing.” Senator Rhiannon said.

Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“The NSW Police Minister has bowed to the gun lobby and is actively undermining the National Firearms Agreement with his calls to lift the importation ban on the Adler A110 lever action shotgun.

“After his defeat on greyhounds he is so scared of the right of his party that he is willing to sacrifice public safety on gun control.

“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.

“In the absence of any consensus between state and territory Ministers, there must be a ban on the importation and sale of dangerous rapid fire shot guns.

“The Police Minister needs to put up or shut up and table all the advice he has received from the NSW Police about the safety ramifications and effects of importing the Adler shotgun.” Mr Shoebridge said.


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7 Responses to NSW Police Minister wrong on Adler and captured by the gun lobby

  1. Thomas October 19, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    it is somewhat annoying to listen to this over and over again… the thing is… 5 shot capacity ADLER leaver action shotguns are legal – the ones banned – are the 7 shot capacity – same gun… we are arguing about a capacity difference of 2 shells – really ??? instead of concentrating on giving legal gun owners a hard time – how about concentrating very focused on the illegal firearms market – there is near no limit on what gets into Australia that way… there are full automatic weapons available – from assault rifle to grenade launchers and more… how about fixing that? how about stronger prosecution for these sort of things ? no we argue about bullshit and the taxpayer pays the bill while politicians and media selling fairy tales… this is wrong in so many ways!

  2. Dylan October 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

    So many lies and misinformation. When will you do some proper research and discover the fact that this bloody shotgun is no different to any of the other countless lever shotguns/rifles that have been available for the past 100 or more years. Perhaps a little more focus on illegal ACTUAL semiautomatics, pistols, etc. instead of making up new fear mongering terminology for a relatively basic gun of old technology capable of firing rounds at the same rate as any other lever firearm. The only thing new here is media and political hysteria, or perhaps not

  3. Tim Lawrence October 19, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

    From what I’m hearing there is no undermining of the NFA.
    This Adler has always been available. The change to the NFA is the imposition of the ban.
    I appreciate the viewpoint that wants it banned, but i don’t like being lied to.

  4. Scott October 19, 2016 at 11:21 pm #

    The greens think everyone should be state worshipping authoritarians just like them.
    They despise self reliance in every form.
    This explains their hate of firearms and their hate of free speech.

  5. David Hufton October 20, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

    Troy Gant is a gun lobby puppet…a disgrace..he does not represent community safety first.

  6. Marty October 21, 2016 at 12:27 am #

    All this talk of ‘weakening gun laws’ is completely inaccurate. It’s just political grandstanding and is utter, uninformed and inflammatory nonsense.
    Some politicians simply should not be given airtime.

  7. Kevin October 22, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    This is what happens when politicians do deals, rather that treat each issue on its merits.