Nationals MP supports current gun laws

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead and deputy preimier Troy Grant.
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead and deputy preimier Troy Grant.

Member for Myall Lakes doesn’t want to see changes to Australia’s current gun laws. 

Mr Bromhead was referring on Nationals leader and deputy premier Troy Grant’s comments urging the federal government to back a push to allow importation of a seven-shot version of the Adler lever-action shotgun. 

The deputy premier and police minister said he wanted the gun reclassified so farmers could shoot feral animals. 

In an article published on The Guardian’s website on October 19, Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull was quoted having said there is ‘no chance at all, no prospect whatsoever’ of the government ‘weakening’ Australian gun laws. 

The Times asked Mr Bromhead for his opinion on Australian gun policy and the wild dog problem. 

“I agree with the current policies we have in place,” Mr Bromhead said. 

“I don’t want to weigh too much in to what Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said or what he might do but I’m sure through negotiation and dialog he, and Deputy Premier Troy Grant, can agree on a path going forward”. 

Mr Bromhead said he was, ‘acutely aware of the problems we have in this area with wild dogs’. 

“As a result I’ve held meetings with relevant groups to discuss the best ways of managing it,” he said. 

"I’ve also spoken with local land services and asked that they continue liaising with management groups and land holders while I’ll continue to do the same.

“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to commit money to the problem. 

“I’ve experienced my own issues with wild dogs so I’m conscious of the ramifications.

“Prompted by a heightened level of wild dog activity, stock losses and landholder concern across our catchments this year, Manning Landcare, recently received $29400 to conduct proactive and co-ordinated feral animal control across the Manning-Great Lakes communities.

“Bulahdelah and District Wild Dog Management Group will also receive $9591 to help implement a new operational model to monitor and cull wild dogs.”