Friday, 07 December 2018
Media release

Consultation meetings on firearms policy

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds has met with members of the firearms community and gun control advocates, including representatives from the Law Council of Australia, Alannah and Madeline Foundation, the National Firearms Dealers Association, Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia and Firearm Safety Foundation (Victoria).

Assistant Minister Reynolds welcomed the positive contribution all parties made to the discussion around firearms issues.

"I am pleased that all parties expressed a strong desire to continue to work on areas of common interest, particularly in upholding the National Firearms Agreement," Assistant Minister Reynolds said.

"The Government is committed to keeping Australia's firearms laws among the strongest in the world while ensuring those with a legitimate need to access firearms are able to do so."

Assistant Minister Reynolds said the recent national firearms amnesty was a great example of what can be achieved.

"Over the three-month amnesty, the community handed in more than 57,000 illegal firearms, including 2,500 fully-automatic and semi-automatic firearms," Assistant Minister Reynolds said.

"The Coalition Government will continue to work with all stakeholders in the firearms community particularly around greater transparency and use of data, trade facilitation and consistent compliance with principles of the National Firearms Agreement.

"I look forward to welcoming representatives of the firearms industry and gun control advocates back to Parliament House early in the New Year to continue this important work."