Reader Mark M. sent me a couple of links last week and I accidentally put them in the bottom of the pile. The story would be funny f it was not such a sad commentary on the hoplophobia Down Under:
THOUSANDS of Australian shooters are lining up to buy an imported seven-shot shotgun that tests a 19-year ban on rapid fire weapons. More than 6600 Australian shooters have ordered the Turkish-made shotgun that uses lever-action cartridge loading to bypass strict bans on semiautomatic firearms. The shotgun, the Adler A110, has a seven-shot magazine and goes on sale in Australia in two months.The Adler’s lever action means it is legally available to general Category A gun licence holders and is not restricted to the strict Category C, semiautomatic classes.
Police were surprised at the rapidity of the Adler’s action.
“We are concerned about its firing rate,” a Victoria Police spokesman said.
“Certainly it is a worry, traditionally a shotgun is a double barrel with two rounds, this has seven or can have eight.”
So apparently the people at Adler Arms managed to work out the kinks out of the traditionally not-so-reliable lever-action shotgun and came up with a decent product (The Turks are known for manufacturing very nice shotguns at a good price). But for the Australian Authorities, this shotgun seems to be the equivalent of a Mother Deuce with a 500 round belt.
And of course, cue the Aussie Gun Control activists.
Gun Control Australia (GCA) teamed up with the Homicide Victims Support Group to call on the states and the Federal Government to ban the Adler A110 lever action shotgun in Australia.The A110 uses a lever action to load cartridges into the barrel….Samantha Lee from GCA said the A110 verged on being a high-powered pump action shotgun.
So it seems that the Aussie version of Ladd and Elliot also like to make stuff up as long as it sounds dangerous.
And you cannot have a traditional Gun Control petition without the presence of the Bloody Shirt™:
Sydney father-of-four Angelo Cusumano was working in his family-owned business when he was shot dead four days before Christmas. Three students armed with guns terrorised his customers and stole a five-figure sum of money during the deadly armed robbery of The Gamesman computer store at Penshurst in December, 1995.
And 20 years on, his wife Mary is still fighting the horrific memories of that day plus another personal battle.
“I can’t understand what we are doing even thinking of this Adler shotgun coming into this country.”
And since it is Lazy Friday, I am going to use Mark M’s own words in his email to point out the sheer stupidity of this whole issue:
“Imagine my perverse glee in people believing Civil War era firearms technology is a threat to the public welfare.
To be honest, I’d like to hold one and see if its mind control waves order me to buy one and take it home.”
So we expect a T&E from Mark to grace the pages of this blog in the future. 😀