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Trad takes shot at LNP over Qld gun laws

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October 12, 2017

Queensland is set to tighten restrictions on high-capacity lever action shotguns.

Tighter restrictions on lever action shotguns that bring Queensland into line with other states have been passed after Katter's Australia Party failed to block the changes in parliament.

The minority Labor government wants to change gun regulations by strengthening restrictions on the high-capacity firearms under an agreement made at a COAG meeting last December.

Katter's Australia Party on Wednesday said they would attempt to block the changes in parliament with the support of One Nation MP Steve Dickson and independent Billy Gordon.

KAP leader Robbie Katter accused the government of leveraging off the recent Las Vegas massacre when a gunman opened fire on concertgoers, killing 58 people and injuring 489.

Mr Katter said the government should pay greater attention to restricting illegal firearm imports rather than licensed owners of a particular type of gun.

But their bid was quickly shut down by LNP leader Tim Nicholls, who said his party would not back the disallowance motion.

Mr Nicholls said his party supported laws introduced in 1996 by then prime minister John Howard after the Port Arthur massacre in which 35 people were killed and 23 injured.

"The vast majority of firearm owners in Queensland are decent, law abiding citizens," Police Minister Mark Ryan said on Wednesday night after the changes were passed.

"We have worked constructively with all stakeholders on a range of firearms matters, including how best to implement the changes agreed by COAG.

"This reclassification will improve public safety while ensuring farmers have access to the weapons they need to do their jobs."

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