The unnecessary and politically motivated reclassification of lever-action shotguns came into effect today (October 1, 2019).
The new regulation sees lever-action shotguns that have a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds reclassified from Category A to B and lever-action shotguns with a magazine of more than 5 rounds reclassified Category D.
Victorian Parliament agreed to adopt the Justice Legislation Amendment (Police and Other Matters) Bill 2019 which contained the reclassification in March this year.
“Yet another gun law has been tightened for no better reason than to appease the anti-gun lobby,” said SSAA Victoria CEO Jack Wegman.
“It’s comical that the commentary that gets all the media is that the gun laws are being somehow weakened when the evidence is clearly to the contrary.
“The lever-action shotgun is a useful tool for farmers controlling pests and all this legislation has done is make it more difficult for them to do their job.
“To suggest it’s somehow in the interest of public safety is an insult to the intelligence of anyone with even the most basic understanding of firearms.”
Licence holders affected by the reclassification will be contacted by Victoria Police’s Licensing and Regulation Division and asked to reconfirm firearms registered to their licences.
The reconfirmation process associated with this legislative change may result in delays processing permits to acquire and firearm transactions over the next few months.
Some consolation to firearms licence holders is that their addresses will no longer appear on the plastic licence issued by Victoria Police.
This change will apply to all firearm licences and be evident on all new and renewal licences approved from October 1, 2019.
The amendments do not change licence holder obligations to inform the Licensing and Regulation Division of a change in residential address or postal address within 14 days of the change.