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Restore firearms trading

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Steve Andrew MP
PO Box 56
SARINA QLD 4737

Total Signatures - 3692

Sponsoring Member: Mr Steve Andrew MP

Posting Date: 24/04/2020

Closing Date: 4/05/2020

Tabled Date: 19/05/2020

Responded By: Hon Dr Steven Miles MP on 18/06/2020

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House that some restrictions on ammunition sales to AC, RE, OC licence holders for pest control and agriculture production reasons have been lifted for a period of more than 20 days.

These restrictions were originally introduced after the Health Minister raised concerns about a possible increase in firearm-related domestic violence resulting from COVID-19 restrictions. Those concerns have since proved to be unfounded.

The evidence now shows that imposing (and subsequently lifting) restrictions delivered no significant change in the number of firearm-related domestic violence incidences.

Businesses are already struggling as a result of social distancing regulations without additional burdens being imposed on unfounded claims.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to rescind the health directive and reinstate all regular trading to all firearms dealers and armourers and allow all licensed firearms owners full access to buy and sell as they did before the COVID 19 pandemic, with full observance of current social distancing laws.