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MP David Gibson out to improve state's gun licensing laws

David Gibson inspects Ron Owen's gun vault, where guns bought up to two years ago are still waiting for police to complete licensing paperwork.
David Gibson inspects Ron Owen's gun vault, where guns bought up to two years ago are still waiting for police to complete licensing paperwork.

LEGITIMATE gun owners and public safety were the victims of a dysfunctional gun licensing and registration system, Gympie MP David Gibson said.

He said Queensland's gun laws, introduced by the Beattie Labor Government, were "at best, inefficient" and were "misdirected at law abiding firearm owners".

Mr Gibson said the cumbersome paperwork associated with legitimate gun ownership had very little public benefit, as criminal groups continued to trade in illegal firearms and used them with tragic consequences.

He forshadowed changes to the Weapons Act to reduce paperwork for legitimate gun owners and increase penalties for illegal firearms possession and use.

Gympie gun dealer Ron Owen backed plans to make gun ownership more manageable for legitimate primary producers and sporting shooters.

Mr Gibson visited Mr Owen's shop on Thursday, where he inspected a vault with guns (mostly sports rifles), which had been sold and paid for but awaited paperwork to be completed by police.

"Some of them have been waiting here for two years," Mr Owen said.

"The police can't keep up with the paperwork either. They've got so many documents, they don't know what's going on.

"It's a failure of the system.

"Since it came in 15 years ago, we've generated 68,000 records; whereas, really, there should be just one in and one out.

"When we imported 2000 guns a few years ago, 44 had the same serial number. Customs didn't know what to do, nor did the police.

"We had police here for three days trying to do an audit and they can't."

Topics:  david gibson gun licensing guns legislation police queensland government weapons

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