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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (17 June) . . Page.. 1948..


MR STEFANIAK

: Scrutiny Report No 32 contains the committee's comments on 13 bills, 20 pieces of subordinate legislation, one interstate agreement and nine government responses. The report was circulated to members out of session. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Report No 33

MR STEFANIAK: I present the following report:

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No. 33, dated 5 June 2003, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK

: Scrutiny Report No 33 contains the committee's comments on two bills. The report was circulated to members out of session. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Firearms (Prohibited Pistols) Amendment Bill 2003

Mr Wood , by leave, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by acting clerk.

MR WOOD

(Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for the Arts and Heritage and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (5.12): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Firearms (Prohibited Pistols) Amendment Bill 2003 will amend the Firearms Act 1996 and Firearms Regulations to give effect to an agreement late last year by the Council of Australian Governments to place greater restrictions on access to certain types of pistols. COAG endorsed resolutions of the Australian Police Ministers Council, the purposes of which were to restrict access to pistols, which are: easily concealable, high powered and/or have a significant magazine capacity.

All jurisdictions are in the process of amending their legislation to implement the COAG decision by the agreed deadline of 30 June 2003, so that the new laws will apply from 1 July this year.

Under the existing firearms legislation, persons are able to obtain a licence to possess a pistol for the purpose of business, employment, sport, target shooting or collecting. These amendments will place further restrictions on access to certain types of pistols-referred to in the bill as prohibited pistols-for sport or target shooting, and impose additional requirements where such pistols are collected.


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