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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 1 Hansard (13 February) . .

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Clause 19.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (11.53): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 102]. I also table a supplementary explanatory statement. We have talked about this in earlier conversation. This amendment is to insert the term "an antique firearm" into section 6(1)(a).

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (11.54): I ask the minister to clarify that amendment 2 is on the same topic.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (11.54): Yes, Mrs Jones, through you, Mr Assistant Speaker. Amendment No 2 is the definition of "an antique firearm". This is to insert "an antique firearm" in the legislation. The next amendment will be the definition.

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (11.54): The Canberra Liberals support amendment No 1.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 19, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 20.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (11.55): I move amendment No 2 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 page 102]. As discussed, this inserts a new definition, of "antique firearm", which means a muzzle-loading pistol, including a percussion-lock pistol that is muzzle loading, that uses black powder to propel the projectile but does not include a breach-loading pistol with a rotating cylinder or that accepts metal cartridges.

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (11.55): The Canberra Liberals will support the amendment today, however, we will be watching closely the practical impact of it. Obviously my suggested amendment that firearms manufactured before 1900 for which ammunition is not readily commercially available would be a clearer definition, however, that means somebody has to be monitoring a list, as the New South Wales government does, of which firearms fit and do not fit into that category. So I understand why the government has gone to the option it has. The minister's office assures me that, in consultation with key stakeholders, this is a position that has been arrived at. However, we do not want to see a situation where collectors of antique firearms have to register their weapons as a result of this change and potentially spend


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