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Greens plan for parliamentary action on family law firearm safety checks

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 9 Jul 2018

The Greens are backing Gun Control Australia’s call for strong new family law firearm safety checks to better protect women and children from gun violence.

Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The shooting of two teenagers in Sydney last week demonstrates the urgent need to strengthen licensing requirements for shooters involved in family law disputes.

“When parliament resumes I will move for the Turnbull government to introduce compulsory family law firearm safety checks that would commence as soon as a custody proceeding was lodged in the Family Court.

“The Greens are calling for the government to act on the advice of Gun Control Australia and set up checks the would include both a Firearm Licence Review and spousal notification for all new applications for a firearm licence.

“The horrific murder of two young teenagers surely will push the government to introduce these changes. 

“Women must be given a voice in the gun licence process.

“When I was in the NSW parliament I saw the former Labor government with the support of the Coalition weaken gun control measures following pressure from the Shooters Party.

“The law as it stands only allows for a firearm licence to be revoked or suspended once an AVO is in place or the gun owner has been charged with a criminal offence.”

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