Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on federal and state government ministers who will discuss the classification of the Adler semi-automatic weapon at the upcoming COAG meeting to put public safety first and disregard the scare tactics of Shooters Party and gun lobby.
"Rather than be coerced by the gun lobby, state and federal governments need to listen to the experts and what the experts are saying is there is no need for this Adler to be made available under the weaker B Classification," Senator Rhiannon said.
"Rather than be a question of community safety and best practice, the Adler reclassification is becoming a struggle over seats between the Shooters Party and the NSW Nationals.
"National Party members in NSW are pushing for the Adler to be classified as a category B for their own self-interest. They are putting their electoral interests before public safety.
"There is no place for horse trading, political opportunism or compromise with regard to our gun laws.
"Giving Adler a D classification does not mean that other guns will be banned. Prohibiting Adler weapons is consistent with the intent of Howard's original National Firearm Agreement to ban semi-automatic firearms," Senator Rhiannon said.