State leads way with gun crackdown
Australia Herald-Sun | July 10, 2005
THE Victorian Government plans to introduce Australian-first restrictions on the sale of rifles that can use new high-capacity magazines.
Police and Emergency Services Minister Tim Holding said the firearms would be placed under a new classification, restricting their use to all but farmers and professional hunters.
"Manufacturers are now producing rifles that can be fitted with magazines capable of holding up to 30 bullets," he said today.
"These types of guns should not be in the hands of everyday sporting or recreational shooters, and their use should be restricted as soon as possible."
The Government is proposing to reclassify pump and lever-action centrefire rifles, which use a five-or-more shot magazine, from a Category B to Category C firearm.