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Regulation of lever-action shotguns

In light of renewed debate over regulation of the Adler A-110 lever-action shotgun, this FlagPost provides a brief overview of the current regulation of lever-action shotguns and recent developments. The Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 currently prohibit the import of any: lever-action shotgun with a magazine capacity of more than five rounds or firearm magazine with a capacity of more than five rounds for a lever-action shotgun (even if not attached to a shotgun). The prohibition is not specific to the Adler A-110 lever-action shotgun, and only affects imports of that model with a magazine capacity of more than five rounds (there is also a model with a capacity of fi... Read more...

Mandatory minimum sentences proposed for firearms trafficking

The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2015 (2015 Bill), listed for debate in the House of Representatives this week, includes amendments to introduce mandatory minimum sentences for firearms trafficking that failed to pass the Senate in an earlier Bill. The Government has linked these new amendments to the review of the Martin Place siege. Read more...

Inquiry into the use of weapons by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS)

On 29 November 2013, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) provided to the Minister for Foreign Affairs the final report of her recent inquiry into the provision of weapons and the training in and use of weapons and self-defence techniques in ASIS. While the IGIS reported that overall ASIS ‘has managed the training in and use of weapons and self-defence techniques well’, she did identify two breaches of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 (ISA) involving firearms training, and a number of other breaches of the ASIS Guidelines for the use of weapons and self-defence techniques.Amendments made in 2004 to the ISA, which sets out the role and functions of ASIS, enable particul... Read more...

Australian gun laws

The recent mass shooting in Connecticut in the United States has led to commentators to again consider Australia’s approach to firearms controls following, in particular, the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre which involved the use of several assault rifles, and also the 2002 Monash shootings perpetrated with a semi-automatic pistol.National agreements by Australian governments after each incident formed the basis of current regulatory controls.Responsibility for the regulation of firearms in Australia The form of the two national agreements reflects the allocation of regulatory authority for firearms under the Australian Constitution. State and territory governments are responsible for regulating ... Read more...

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