Tasmania gun law confusion

Tasmania is banning guns that the police ‘do not like the look of’. Tasmania Police’s new guidelines will allow them to deem guns illegal if they do not fit the right appearance.

Instead of banning a gun type on the basis of its action, a new police document bans guns that ‘resemble’ a ‘machine gun’ or ‘rapid-firing weapon’. This may or may not include guns with a pistol grip, fore-end shroud, detachable extended magazine shroud, or skeleton, folding or adjustable stock.

Police Minister Rene Hidding says the guidelines provide clarity to existing state firearms legislation.

Gun laws in Tasmania are already strict following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in which 35 people were killed and 23 wounded.

Thanks to Dane French for sending in this story.