Trans-Tasman Law And Order Meeting Discusses Firearms Categories

Trans-Tasman Law And Order Meeting Discusses Firearms Categories

Northern Territory Attorney-General Natasha Fyles

Attorney-General Represents NT At A Peak Trans-Tasman Law And Order Meeting

Victor P Taffa

Attorney-General Natasha Fyles attended a Trans-Tasman law and order meeting in Melbourne.

Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) is made up of Ministers for law, justice, Police and emergency management from every state and Territory, as well as representatives from the Commonwealth and New Zealand governments.

“I will be attending justice meetings as Attorney-General. In addition I am looking forward to representing the Northern Territory Government on behalf of the Minister for Police Michael Gunner.”

“The issue of importing high capacity lever action shot guns has been identified as an important issue for the federal government in recent weeks and this meeting allows for valuable national and Trans-Tasman discussions.” Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said.

A ban remains over the Adler A110 7 shot gun, with discussions continuing between jurisdictions around what category lever shotguns, with a capacity of more than 5 rounds, should be subject to.

“Firearms licensing in the NT is the responsibility of the Police.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

The Licencing categories range from A to D, with air rifles and other firearms that are considered ‘lower risk’, available under a general class A/B licences.

“Currently, the Northern Territory Police classify a firearm with magazine capacity of less than 5 rounds as Category A.”

“It is proposed to move this to a Category B classification and NT Police support this on the basis of national consistency.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

Military style weapons are subject to more rigorous regulation under a Category D licence.

This second and final council meeting for 2016 will also focus on:

  • Strengthening national security
  • Building the resilience of Australian and New Zealand communities to deal with disasters
  • Domestic violence
  • Indigenous community safety
  • Cyber safety, especially for children
  • Laws and other protections for working with children
  • Methamphetamine and ice
  • Serious and organised crime