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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 26 October 2017) . . Page.. 4458 ..

MR GENTLEMAN: There are detailed regulations and regular checks by police to ensure that firearms owners store their weapons and carry their firearms in the appropriate manner. Some strict regulations about storage include that firearms must be stored in a secure safe that is bolted in a secure area to a strong foundation, and the ammunition for that firearm must be stored in another secure area. When carried to a firing range, the firearm must be stored in a secure carry case and the ammunition must be stored and secured in a separate secure carry case in a vehicle that can be locked and secured at the same time. There are strict regulations in regard to the carriage and storage of firearms.

MR STEEL: Minister, what action has the ACT government undertaken to restrict the use of certain guns in the ACT?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Steel for his interest in safety for the ACT. The ACT was the first jurisdiction to move the Adler category firearm into the next category, ensuring that we have the safe use of particular firearms in the ACT. This was part of a COAG agreement. The ACT is on the front foot with firearm safety. We continue to look, as much as we can, to ensure the safety of this particular sport in the territory.

I congratulate the clubs and their members on the way they go about practising their sport. My understanding is that they stick by their regulations at all times. It is very important that they apply those regulations at all times with these particular firearms and their particular sport. Again, I congratulate them. There is always a balance to ensure that we have the right sort of legislation and the right regulations in regard to these sorts of sports.

Casino Canberra—development proposal

MR WALL: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, in question time on October 25 you said that you would table the dates and minutes of meetings between the government and Aquis about their land development and gaming machine proposals “to the extent that that information can be quickly compiled … in the fullness of time.” Will you table those documents by the close of business on Tuesday 31 October 2017? If not, why not, and by what date will they be tabled?

MR BARR: I will endeavour to get that information as soon as possible. I cannot guarantee the time frame requested by the member but I will guarantee that that information will be made available.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, has the error in the brief of 21 May 2015 been explained by your directorate, and what date will that be?

MR BARR: I understand that the director-general has written to the chair of the public accounts committee providing even further clarification in relation to that matter.

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