Tasmanian firearm inquiry taking submissions

A Legislative Council inquiry into proposed firearm law reforms has received 14 submissions.

Windermere independent MLC Ivan Dean, who is chairing the committee inquiry, said submissions could be made until August 3.

“So far we have received 14 submissions which is not as many as I had expected,” Mr Dean said.

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“I expect there will be a flood of submissions before the closing date.”

Mr Dean said the submissions received so far had been from “across the spectrum” and were not all from Tasmanians.

“Some submissions have been short and asking to appear before the inquiry to give evidence,” he said.

“After the submissions close on August 3 we will have a meeting and go through the submissions to determine who we want to call to give evidence at public hearings.”

The submissions are not yet publicly available.

The inquiry is examining compliance with the National Firearms Agreement, current and future firearm licencing arrangements, Tasmania Police’s Firearms Service division, and the ownership of Category C weapons and sound suppressors.