The State Government will restrict access to high capacity lever action shotguns in a move that it says will strengthen Australia’s National Firearms Agreement.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the decision would improve public safety while ensuring farmers still had access to the weapons they need to do their jobs.
“We’re talking about restricting access to a small number of high capacity shotguns. At present, any kind of lever action shotgun is classified as a Category A weapon, the lowest classification of firearms.”
“What we’re doing will bring the treatment of these guns into line with other types of shotgun, such as pump action or self-loading weapons.”
“This won’t prevent primary producers from eradicating vermin, but ensures that all high capacity lethal firearms can only be possessed by the very small number of people who have a legitimate reason to do so.”
This reclassification brings Queensland into line with a COAG decision in December 2016 to strengthen the National Firearms Agreement (NFA).
Lever action shotguns with a capacity of five or fewer round will be transferred from Category A to Category B, and those able to hold more than five rounds will move to Category D.
Basic firearms licences in Queensland permit licensees to possess either Category A or B weapons, so the vast majority of gun owners will not be affected in any way.
The Palaszczuk Government’s changes to weapons licencing will take effect from March 2018.