Supplementary Order Paper No 454

No 454

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Arms Legislation Bill

Proposed amendment

Brett Hudson, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

New clause 45A

After clause 45 (page 52, after line 25), insert:

45A Section 33A amended (Further conditions of endorsement in respect of prohibited firearm or prohibited magazine)

(1)

Repeal section 33A(1)(c)(iii).

(2)

Replace section 33A(2) with:

(2)

Subsection (1)(d) does not permit the Commissioner to require that the removed vital part be kept at a separate address from the prohibited firearm.

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends the Arms Legislation Bill. It changes the requirement for the separate storage of a vital part of a prohibited firearm to be the same as that for restricted firearms, requiring that the firearm be rendered inoperable by the removal of a vital part but that the vital part does not have to be stored at a separate physical address.

We have a bizarre situation at the moment where a fully automatic assault rifle (such as an M16) can have a firing element removed and securely stored at the same physical location, whereas a variant which is only semi-automatic has to have that element stored at a physically separate location.