8 Apr 2024

Police Association on Minister's misleading gun data accusations

From Morning Report, 8:10 am on 8 April 2024

The Minister responsible for firearms is being accused of misleading the public over the number of people allowed to have prohibited weapons.

Military-style semi-automatics and centrefire rifles were banned after the March 15 terror attacks, excepting a few carve outs for pest control and gun collectors.

Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has repeatedly said more than 6600 people are still licensed to possess the banned guns.

Official data shows only a fraction, roughly 1500, hold the type of firearm banned in 2019.

Of those just 328 are allowed to actually fire them.

Police Association President Chris Cahill spoke to Corin Dann.