CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister says the nation’s tough guns controls will be further tightened to restrict access to new rapid-fire shotguns.
Malcolm Turnbull was commenting Wednesday on the fate of the Adler A110 shotgun, a Turkish-manufactured lever-action weapon that was banned from importation last year as an Australian gun dealer was taking orders to sell hundreds.
The Adler can fire eight shots as fast as pump-action shot guns, which are a highly restricted category of rapid-fire gun.
Currently lever-action guns have been listed in the least restrictive gun category since firearm laws were overhauled 20 years ago.
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Gun-control advocates see the lax treatment of lever-action weapons as a legal loophole.
Turnbull told Parliament the ban will remain until state governments agree on how such shotguns should be reclassified.