The NSW Government has announced new gun laws that will make it illegal for people to buy and use firearms in the state.
The Government says it will take away the right to possess and use a firearm for a person who is legally a self-contained person, and will also require that all guns be registered.
Under the changes, the definition of a self contained person will include any person who lives, works or receives care in a household where a person of any age is living.
Anyone caught violating the new rules could face a $2,000 fine.
The changes come after a mass shooting in December last year at the Manus Island detention centre, in which 14 people were killed.
The legislation was announced after the NSW Police Minister said that “the people who will be impacted by this will be the people that live in the communities that are impacted by it.”
Mr Morrison says the new gun legislation is “tough but not unreasonable” to enforce, and that “if you are not a self included person you will have to register your firearm”.
“If you are a self housed person and you want to buy a firearm, that is your choice,” he said.
“The Government is looking at this very seriously and we want to make sure that people are protected.”
Mr Morrissen said the new laws will take effect on February 1.
Mr Morrison has been asked for his reaction to the NSW Government’s new gun law, and said he had not been consulted on it.
“I think that we will be looking at these things very closely and we’ll be very supportive of it,” he told ABC Radio.
“What we have been told by the police is that if we are not compliant, then the police will come and take your gun away.”
A number of states have similar laws, including Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.
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