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Austrailian Liberal leadership reneging on deal allowing lever action shotguns!


Site Co-Founder
May 13, 2006
Fairfax County, Virginia, USA


Despite reports of a government compromise last year, Australia is once again embroiled in a heated political battle over the fate of a popular lever-action shotgun. In August 2015, it was reported that New South Wales Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm had secured a deal with Australia’s Liberal Party-led government of Prime Minister Tony Abbot for the removal of a temporary ban on the importation of a seven-round version of the Adler Arms A-110 shotgun, in exchange for his support on unrelated legislation. In September 2015, Malcolm Turnbull defeated Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal Party, becoming the 29th prime minister of Australia. Last week, Leyonhjelm accused the current Liberal leadership of reneging on the deal by keeping the import ban in place.

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Similar to their American counterparts, Australia’s anti-gun advocates push for ever-stricter gun controls absent any evidence to support their proposals. Here, Australians have been subjected to a government that has engaged in open internecine conflict, recriminations, and betrayals, all over an ineffectual ban on a model of shotgun that can’t be linked to a single crime in Australia’s most populous state. Let this episode serves as further evidence of the universal nature of anti-gun absurdity.