Middle ground long shot for Police Minister

KAP State leader and Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter, is urgently calling on the Police Minister to consider all sides, before engaging on the National Firearms Agreement.

Mr Katter says a middle ground must be found, with Minister Byrne set to discuss the biggest firearms reform since the Howard era with fellow state leaders today.

“The Minister has a responsibility to represent the concerns of all Queensland and make a decision on fact, not on emotion and politics,” Mr Katter said.

“We have reservations that while limited consultation has taken place on this issue, the Minister may not have taken the contributions of sporting shooters, legal firearm owners and producers on board.”

“This isn’t a push for loose gun laws, this is a call for transparency, fairness and an attempt to find middle ground,” he said.

The Northern Member said there were a number of major issues facing legal gun owners in Queensland that have been brought to the Minister’s attention.

More specifically the future of handgun licences and the ban and classification of the Adler leveraction shotguns were standing concerns for owners.

“A middle ground would support a reasonable classification, as has been suggested in NSW,” Mr Katter said.

“We are appealing to the Minister to take on board and consider the points put forward by stakeholders, and look to finding a reasonable solution.”

“Any support for a continued ban would be a clear and blatant emotional response.”

“Committing the State to an in-principal agreement that would not pass parliament would be a waste of everybody’s time,” he said.

The KAP have committed to staunchly opposing further unreasonable restrictions on legal firearm owners.

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