The ABC’s Casey Briggs reports (13.12.16) on an announcement by the LNP Opposition Leader, Tim Nicholls, that his party would not support the proposed state-imposed restrictions on the controversial Adler lever action shotgun.
‘Queensland’s Opposition Leader says he does not take “riding instructions from Canberra” and could block the Prime Minister’s proposed restrictions on the Adler shotgun.
‘Malcolm Turnbull and state and territory leaders have agreed to put the seven-shot lever action Adler gun into the most restrictive ownership category, meaning it would only be available to professional shooters in certain conditions.
‘But each jurisdiction must endorse the change before it takes effect, which could be a sticking point in Queensland’s hung Parliament.
‘If the Liberal National Party (LNP) joins with Katter’s Australia Party in Queensland and votes against the change it would effectively veto the deal.
‘LNP leader Tim Nicholls hasn’t ruled out blocking the restrictions, and says there has not been enough consultation with gun owners.’