The failure of National Senators to oppose the introduction of the rapid fire Adler firearm is further evidence that the Coalition is weakening the legacy of former Prime Minister John Howard, Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
“Today Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should get gun control back on track by publicly stating that his government will oppose the gun lobby’s push to allow more dangerous weapons into Australia,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“Mr Turnbull needs to turn his stated support for the National Firearms Agreement into action and stand up for public safety.
“The Senate vote on the Adler last night revealed the extent of the gun lobby push inside the Turnbull government.
“Two National Senators voted for the Adler ban to be lifted and three National Ministers abstained.
“National MPs are stepping up their backing of weaker gun laws following the 34 per cent swing against them in the NSW Orange by-election, where the seat went to a Shooters Party candidate.
“The Nationals pro-gun stance follows on from news last month federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan has attended private Firearms Industry Reference Group meetings with the firearms lobby.
“Minutes of the meeting show the government referring to the National Firearms Agreement as ‘red tape’.
“The NFA is widely recognised as one of John Howard’s major achievements and this belittling of the Agreement is further evidence of the white anting of gun control occurring within the government,” Senator Rhiannon said.