Exclusive: Government extends lever-action shotgun import ban

The SSAA Legislative Action (SSAA-LA) department has been informed that the temporary import ban on lever-action shotguns of more than five shots has been extended until the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) review is complete. The NFA review came to a standstill during the Federal Election campaign, but recent discussions have been held and the review is set to be finalised by the end of the year.

Today’s announcement means that lever-action shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than five shots, including the Adler A110, will continue to be restricted from importation, as detailed in an official Explanatory Memorandum issued by the Federal Government.

The Firearms Industry Reference Group (FIRG), which discusses issues affecting firearms owners directly with Justice Minister Michael Keenan and includes representatives from the SSAA, is set to reconvene as per the Coalition’s pre-election promise and the SSAA-LA’s calls for the group to continue. The FIRG will be discussing this issue and others in the coming months. Until then, the SSAA-LA will keep our members informed on the latest news as it comes to hand.

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