Judging by some of the outcry led by Gun Control Australia, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Tasmanian government had proposed allowing residents free access to machineguns.
The reality is quite different.
In March, the Liberals proposed doubling the duration of some gun law licenses. This would have in no way removed the licensing process. It simply would have removed a layer of bureaucracy — saving taxpayers money and gun owners time — by reducing the frequency that the paperwork needs to be reviewed and renewed.
It also would have eased restrictions on certain pump-action shotguns, which The Australian Tribune understands are already available in Tasmania.
But the Tasmanian government has been forced to drop its proposal following a successful fearmongering campaign by opponents.
‘We understand that there are deeply held concerns about public safety, and in an area as important to Tasmanians as gun laws, public confidence in our laws is essential,’ Premier Will Hodgman said in a statement on Friday, as reported by the AAP.
The state government says it will re-evaluate the policy after an uncompleted upper house review releases its recommendations.
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