MEDIA RELEASE – 30 May 2018
Turnbull under fire over sneaky move on semi-automatic firearms
The Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to uphold the National Firearm Agreement and ban two rapid-fire weapons that are about to hit the Australian market.
The two weapons causing concern are the rapid-fire Verney Carron Speedline Rifle and the Verney-Carron Veloce Shotgun.
Greens federal gun control spokesperson, Senator Lee Rhiannon, said, “The Turnbull government must uphold the intent of the National Firearm Agreement to reduce gun violence by restricting semi-automatic weapons.
“These are dangerous weapons that should not become readily available to sporting and recreational shooters under the category B classification that is favoured by the firearm lobby.
“It is consistent with the National Firearm Agreement to refuse a firearm on the basis of the rate of fire instead of the gun’s mechanism.
“I endorse the action of Greens NSW MP David Shoebridge who has written the NSW Police Minister requesting that the shotgun is banned and the rifle reclassified to category D.
“These two weapons are set to become a test for the Prime Minister. Does he have the courage to stare down the firearm lobby and uphold the National Firearm Agreement or will he turn his back on public safety,” Senator Rhiannon said.