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Shotgun bypasses law loophole: Vic police

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Shotgun bypasses law loophole: Vic police
By Australian Associated Press

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A multi-shot shotgun touted as a "must have" for keen hunters will bypass semi-automatic weapon restrictions when it goes on sale thanks to a loophole in Australia's gun laws, Victoria's top cop says.

But gun enthusiasts say the Adler A110 shotgun, which holds seven cartridges in the magazine and an eighth in the chamber, is no different to any other shotgun on the market.

The gun will be classified as a Category A firearm when it goes on sale in August because it operates with a manual lever-action to replace spent rounds with a new cartridge as shots are fired.

But Victoria Police acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright says the weapon is "just like a semi-automatic", which is subject to tougher licensing restrictions.

"On the face of it, I'd say that this is a loophole," Mr Cartwright told 3AW on Thursday.

Semi-automatic and pump action weapons are subject to Category C classification with tighter restrictions on storage requirements and length of the licence among other things.

Adler describes the Turkish-manufactured gun as a "game changer for the Australian market and a must have for any keen hunter".

Sport Shooters Association of Australia operations manager Mike Spray says the perception that the Adler gun is more dangerous than other shotguns is "ridiculous" and shooters would be concerned if there was a move to reclassify it as a Category C weapon.

He said the gun was a "stock standard sporting firearm" that would be used by licensed shooters who have been trained on weapon safety and vetted by police.

"A gun is not dangerous in the hand of a licensed individual deemed by police to be a fit and proper person, who acts responsibly ... and who locks their guns away when not in use," he said.

The gun is being imported to Australia by Queensland-based company NIOA.

Marketing manager Ken Stevens said NIOA had received enough orders for the gun to sustain production for several years.

Australia's tough gun laws have received international praise since they were introduced following the killing of 35 people by 28-year-old Martin Bryant at the historic Port Arthur tourist site in 1996.

US President Barack Obama last week pointed to the laws as an example for America in the wake of the shooting deaths of nine people at a church in South Carolina.

Gun Control Australia chair Sam Lee said the Adler's reloading speed made it more like the pump-action firearm used by Bryant.

"We question why there were no qualms about certifying this weapon as a Category A firearm from either state or federal jurisdictions," Ms Lee said.

Shooters and Fishers of Victoria Party MP Daniel Young says the party stands by law-abiding shooters and opposes re-classifying the Adler shotgun.

"If Victoria Police really wants to tackle gun related crime, they would target the people who are breaking the law instead of going for an easy target in licensed, responsible shooters," he said.


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