Greens spokesperson for gun control Senator Lee Rhiannon has urged the Coalition to pursue sensible and effective gun law reform – and not just bang the law and order drum.
The Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill is currently before the Senate. The Greens support Labor’s amendments to the bill.
“This is the Coalition’s third attempt to push mandatory minimum sentencing laws through parliament in this way,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“We need solid, sensible gun law reform in this country – not lazy populist policies like mandatory minimums. They have adverse consequences, contravene human rights principles, contravene the separation of powers and do not work.
“If the Turnbull government is serious about reducing gun crime then they should toughen up on imports, tighten up licencing and increasing co-ordination between state and federal law enforcement agencies.”