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KAP Vows to Block Firearm Reclassification

9 December 2016

KAP state crossbenchers Rob Katter and Shane Knuth have slammed the COAG resolution to tighten restrictions on the lever-action shotguns.

"The Queensland Government's support to move the five shot to Category B and the seven shot to category D is a knee-jerk reaction," Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter said.

"We, like many legal firearm owners are entirely disappointed at the emotional stance the Government has taken on this issue.

"Lever-action shotguns are widely used, any reclassification may trigger a taxpayer funded buy-back, which is simply not in the interest of Queenslanders," he said.

Mr Katter, who yesterday warned that any legislation would have trouble gaining passage through parliament, has repeated the KAP's stance against the move.

"The Premier should expect a hostile parliament when trying to enforce any amendments to the National Firearms Agreement through the house," Mr Katter said. 

"It is now up to the LNP and other cross-benchers to show resolve and support the KAP's position to stop the arbitrary reclassification of leaver action shotguns," he said.

Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth said the law abiding firearm owners already have strong control measures in place.

"We need to be worrying about illegal importation of firearms, not restricting existing classifications further," Mr Knuth said.

"I have no doubt this will become a controversial issue when it enters state Parliament," he said.  

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