The Liberal National government must put community safety before the political demands of the gun lobby and ban two rapid-fire guns that have an “unequalled rate of fire.”
The rapid-fire Verney Carron Speedline Rifle has snuck through importation as a readily available Category B firearm while the Verney-Carron Veloce Shotgun is currently tied up in court.
Greens MP and Local Government Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
“The Verney-Carron Speedline Rifle and Verney-Carron Veloce Shotgun are even more dangerous than the controversial Adler A110 and present a serious threat to public safety.
“No weapon designed for an extremely rapid cycling through of shot after shot should have a Category B classification.
“Category B weapons are available to hundreds of thousands of recreational shooters across Australia.
“We have written to the Minister for Police urging for the immediate reclassification of the rifle that has already been imported and for a clear statement in support of banning the shotgun.
“When you have a manufacturer bragging about a weapon’s “unequalled rate of fire” it would be dangerously irresponsible for any government not to act.
“There is no doubt that these firearms are a new threat to public safety and must be banned.
“It is simply unacceptable that these weapons may be available to hundreds of thousands of recreational shooters across the country as a category B weapons.
“The great strength of the National Firearm Agreement was the restrictions it placed on all rapid fire or semi-automatic weapons, we can not allow this historic agreement to be watered down.
“These are a new style of weapons best described as “semi-semi-automatic” and they must be classified as Category D which would effectively ban them.
“This government has done too many deals with the gun lobby, it is time that community safety is finally put first and ahead of this lethal weapons.” Mr Shoebridge said